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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Definitions for altiloquent

  1. high flown or pretentious (of language).

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Citations for altiloquent
He remembered that the politeness seemed too elaborate, too florid, altiloquent to the extent of insincerity. Holman Day, All-Wool Morrison
The meaning of the music was made further explicit by explanations in his own, altiloquent (but purposefully avoiding the technical) Wagnerian prose, wrapped solicitously around the Goethe passages. Alessandra Comini, The Changing Image of Beethoven
Origin of altiloquent
Altiloquent stems from the Latin roots atli meaning "high" and loquentem meaning "speaking."