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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
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Not the least tired by their magniloquence on the subject, politicians continue to unfalteringly raise concerns about the aam aadmi.
It is indeed tragic that the state's leadership seeks to question the legitimacy of the judiciary in harsh words in the wake of erroneous threats, as such political parties too should be reminded to exercise restraint in their magniloquence; where the criticism of the judiciary is their right, disparagement and delegitimistaion is not; the court of law and its superior judiciary has to be accorded due respect as the veneration of that office upholds law and order in a country.
He has no monologues that demonstrate his ambition ever to become king in the course of the play, yet, as Hattaway points out, his "magniloquence" suggests that he may be ambitious and that "his target is Richard himself." (24) Lynn Staley emphasizes that Bolingbroke knows very well the "ways of centering a court." (25) Historical circumstances all point toward a conclusion that Mowbray killed Gloucester on Richard's command.
Whether one views Justice Kennedy's opinions on the subject as magniloquence or inspiring prose, neither U.S.
As was well indicated in recent criticism, in fact no genuine understanding of Ahab and his mission as a fictional character is possible without some knowledge of Calvinism: it would thus appear that the Calvinistic interest in anguish, defiance and magniloquence, as well as its treatment of the human and the inhuman gave Melville many elements to draw inspiration from (Douglas 1991: 43).
Subjective tests that do not state the underlying goals and policies seem only to encourage literary magniloquence in appellate judges.
1-7) Here the magniloquence of the periodic sentence, with its piling up of parallel terms, is intended to overawe and subdue her listeners into accepting her assertion of complete control over human life.
1445-99), who certainly lacked the magniloquence of his Paduan mentor Mantegna.
The salvation of magniloquence. Marty aggrandized what he did.
Put her in an over-packed car for a couple of days, in 90 degree heat with a frenzied puce-faced two-year-old, when she is seven and a half months pregnant, and you will discover the paroxysm of her madness and the magniloquence of her conniptions.