Word of the Day Archive
Sunday February 18, 2007
sonorous \suh-NOR-uhs; SAH-nuh-rus\ , adjective:
1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.
4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.
Tecumseh spoke fluently in the Shawnee tongue, adding weight to his emphatic and sonorous words with elegant gestures.
-- John Sugden, Tecumseh: A Life
The safety video began, optimistically, with Scott's "Great God, this is an awful place" delivered in a sonorous thespian voice and accompanying footage of well-clad individuals crashing into crevasses.
-- Sara Wheeler, Terra Incognita
The Web, in Locke's view, brings the revolution against the sonorous all-knowing corporate voice to its inevitable climax and resolution in favor of the plebeians.
-- Leslie Kaufman, "Internet Scene May Have a Lot in Common With the '60s", New York Times, April 10, 2000
Sonorous comes from Latin sonorus, from sonor, sound.