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Lofty and extravagant in speech; grandiloquent.

[Back formation from magniloquence, grandiloquence, from Latin magniloquentia : magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + loquēns, loquent-, present participle of loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

mag·nil′o·quence n.
mag·nil′o·quent·ly adv.
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Noun1.magniloquence - high-flown stylemagniloquence - high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation; "the grandiosity of his prose"; "an excessive ornateness of language"
flourish - a display of ornamental speech or language
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
blah, bombast, claptrap, fustian, rant - pompous or pretentious talk or writing


Pretentious, pompous speech or writing:


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Unfair & Unbalanced: The Lunatic Magniloquence of Henry E.
She seems to like that, or at least deems no further jests are apt to be of much avail (I am by nature a sober sort, given more to magniloquence than to barbed wit), and she gives me a little reassuring pat on my bum, whereupon I'm soon back at my work, which--if game for her--it is, delightful though it may also be, for me.
I asked if the panelists thought the focus would eventually shift back to snarky examinations of Bush's creative magniloquence.
By his gift of magniloquence, this small-time Cicero strives to lend a veneer of respectability to the cut-throat connivings of his cohorts.