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Pompous or bombastic speech or expression.

[From grandiloquent, from Latin grandiloquus : grandis, great + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

gran·dil′o·quent adj.
gran·dil′o·quent·ly adv.


(grænˈdɪl ə kwəns)

speech that is lofty in tone and often pompous or bombastic.
[1580–90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence]
gran•dil′o•quent, adj.
gran•dil′o•quent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grandiloquence - high-flown stylegrandiloquence - 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:


[grænˈdɪləkwəns] Naltisonancia f, grandilocuencia f


n (form, of language, speech, style) → hochtrabende Art; his grandiloquenceseine hochtrabende Art; (= words)seine großtönenden Worte
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C'etait un homme qui ignorait la grandiloquence ou l'orgueil, sa modestie et sa gentillesse etaient aussi grandes que sa vaste culture et son immense intelligence, il est un exemple a suivre pour tous les Marocains.
The dry grandiloquence of the narration puts Celeste at a remove, making her seem more distant than she might be in a movie more interested in milking the viewer's empathy and tears.
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What is a progressively more ordinary problem of a prolonged old age becomes, in Cameron's grandiloquence, a societal abnormality.
formal grandiloquence of his verse, which asserts its own polyphony, as