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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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Leonard Upjohn in his intricate style drew graceful little pictures of Cronshaw in the Latin Quarter, talking, writing poetry: Cronshaw became a picturesque figure, an English Verlaine; and Leonard Upjohn's coloured phrases took on a tremulous dignity, a more pathetic grandiloquence, as he described the sordid end, the shabby little room in Soho; and, with a reticence which was wholly charming and suggested a much greater generosity than modesty allowed him to state, the efforts he made to transport the Poet to some cottage embowered with honeysuckle amid a flowering orchard.
Seen from the front it appears to consist of a door and a window, though above them the trained eye may detect another window, the air-hole of some apartment which it would be just like Mary's grandiloquence to call her bedroom.
But your grandiloquence, and your conduct in swinging the beetle how excessively odd
Usant encore plus de de violon et de violoncelle journalistiques, le communique du Cepex evoque, fierement et avec grandiloquence pour le periple presidentiel, [beaucoup moins que]l'affluence considerable des hommes d'affaires et officiels nigeriens au forum economique tuniso-nigerien, rehausse par ailleurs par la presence du Chef du gouvernement, Youssef Chahed et son homologue nigerien, Brigi Rafini, denote de la haute sollicitude desautorites respectives a pousser le niveau du partenariat bilateral et a baliser le terrain pour l'etablissement de contacts d'affaires feconds[beaucoup plus grand que].
It is no surprise, I think, that Aspiz credited this language to Whitman, and that this final sentence has been so readily accepted by others as Whitman's: it just sounds and feels like him, with its confidence and grandiloquence ("at once," "a whole new world"); its list of adjectives minus a conjunction ("grand, fearful, profound"); and its stringing together of many long phrases into one rhythmical, comma-punctuated sentence (these are the phrases ending with "of truth," "profound," "great mystery," "have our being," and "our Humanity").
La plupart des travaux publies ont porte sur au moins deux grandes dimensions de la psychopathie: le facteur interpersonnel et affectif (Facteur 1) comprenant des elements tels que le charme superficiel, la grandiloquence, l'escroquerie/tromperie, l'absence de remords ou d'empathie et les affects superficiels, ainsi que le facteur impulsivite et antisocial (Facteur 2) englobant l'impulsivite, l'irresponsabilite, la predisposition a l'ennui, le manque d'objectifs a long terme, l'agressivite colerique et le comportement antisocial (Hare, 1991).
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
Again, Steiner's (1994) grandiloquence is perhaps not unwarranted: "The community must be persuaded of the fallibility of its own judgment, of the responsibility of its educators to broker the difference between its self-understanding and the silences, the blindness, which that self-understanding has induced" (p.
The footage makes it clear that "Lucy" is vintage Besson, with Johansson's naive party girl gradually evolving into a latter-day version of the sleek assassin played by Anne Parillaud in "La Femme Nikita" (1990), while the trippy, candy-colored visuals hark back to the outre grandiloquence of 1997's "The Fifth Element.
With grandiloquence matching that of his subject Joseph implausibly argues that Carmichael--"America's leading critic of the Vietnam war" and "the world's foremost black revolutionary"--belongs in the "pantheon" of black leaders alongside Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King.
The most Broadway-like singing was done by soprano Alicia Gianni in Petra the maid's alternately randy and wistful song, but mellow-voiced Canadian mezzo Carolyn Sproule affectingly avoided operatic grandiloquence as the long-suffering, tart-tongued wife of the bombastic Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, potently sung by baritone Mark Diamond.