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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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(of speech) lofty in style; grandiloquent
[C17: from Latin magnus great + loquī to speak]
magˈniloquence n
magˈniloquently adv
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(mægˈnɪl ə kwənt)

speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; bombastic.
[1650–60; < Latin magniloquentia elevated language]
mag•nil′o•quence, n.
mag•nil′o•quent•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.magniloquent - lofty in stylemagniloquent - lofty in style; "he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
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Characterized by language that is elevated and sometimes pompous in style:
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adj (liter)wortgewaltig (liter)
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"Enter, Sons of the Stars," he said, in a magniloquent voice, "and deign to rest awhile in our humble habitations.
MAGNILOQUENT A Opulent B (Of architecture) grandiose C Bombastic who am I?
Not that Youth lacks intensity, on the contrary it is emotionally very rich, but whereas The Great Beauty was excessive, magniloquent and monumental, here there is a new sense of lightness and selfcontainment, as if the director were proceeding, in his quest for poetry, by subtraction rather than by addition.
Without lapsing into tomfoolery, one can see here in embryo the sterling parliamentary orator, the formidable imperial administrator, the magniloquent essayist and poet and historian.
He argued, "It is not magniloquent to suppose that if an institution like the RF recognized in this way their service to contemporary literature, others might come to do so by force of its example, with the conceivable consequence that their base of support might thereby be widened" (RF Archives, "RF Aid" 7).
proverbial bush In the middle of a magniloquent forest.
(24) "Sorrowful Tragedies of many Horrors, and Scenes of Magniloquent Wicked ness, with Interludes of virtuous Enterprises and angelic Goodness, opposed to those devilish Operations" (Manzoni 1972, 19).
The Arabs are captives of armed jihadist hotheads and magniloquent boastful fellow travellers.
Deidre Dawson recounts how, accused of being 'Ossianic' in the chapter 'The King of the Golden Hall' (where Ossianic meant 'magniloquent, bombastic'), Tolkien responded with a careful explanation of the importance of style.
Like Luigi Cherubini (his colleague and protector), the magniloquent professor furthermore suffered in the musicological arena from the ridicule heaped upon him in the Memoires of Berlioz in passages utterly
A writer who lacked it simply couldn't have had Mailer's particular access to and perceptions of life in the American vortex, let alone expressed the latter with such a magniloquent sense of their consequence.
Although Shakespeare from the very beginning actively engages with Marlowe's style, he may have found aspects of the latter's magniloquent speeches in Tamburlaine a suitable target for merriment.