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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

altiloquent

\awl-TIL-uh-kwuhnt\ , adjective;
1.
high flown or pretentious (of language).
Quotes:
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:
Altiloquent stems from the Latin roots atli meaning "high" and loquentem meaning "speaking."
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