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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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Whether one views Justice Kennedy's opinions on the subject as magniloquence or inspiring prose, neither U.
Churchill honored the soldiers' suffering with broken-hearted magniloquence, and damned the unforgivable failures of military and political leaders, even as he reasserted the integrity of the political life as men had always lived it--the life of men in nations, which is perpetually subject to the storms of war, but which honorable leading men are sworn to direct with genuine prudence, a prudence superior to Machiavelli's brutal ideal, subordinating their natural and ordinary acquisitiveness and vanity to the good of the men and women who obey their commands, including the most terrible command to kill and die for their country.
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.
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.
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.
Strauss, a masterful orchestrator, leavened the magniloquence with moments of quiet and utmost tenderness such as the beautifully played oboe solo when we reached the summit.