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1. Pompous and bombastic: orotund talk.
2. Full in sound; sonorous: orotund tones.

[From alteration of Latin ōre rotundō, with a round mouth : ōre, ablative of ōs, mouth; see ōs- in Indo-European roots + rotundō, ablative of rotundus, round; see rotund.]

o′ro·tun′di·ty (ôr′ə-tŭn′dĭ-tē) n.
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1. (of the voice) resonant; booming
2. (of speech or writing) bombastic; pompous
[C18: from Latin phrase ore rotundo with rounded mouth]
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(ˈɔr əˌtʌnd, ˈoʊr-)

1. (of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, and clearness.
2. (of speech or writing) pompous or bombastic.
[1785–95; contraction of Latin phrase ōre rotundō with round mouth]
o`ro•tun′di•ty, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.orotund - ostentatiously lofty in styleorotund - ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose"
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
2.orotund - (of sounds) full and rich; "orotund tones"; "the rotund and reverberating phrase"; "pear-shaped vowels"
full - (of sound) having marked deepness and body; "full tones"; "a full voice"
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1. Characterized by language that is elevated and sometimes pompous in style:
2. Having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound:
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But for those who wish to understand better the Vietnam War and its legacy, the book will seem little more than orotund, obscure, and obtuse.
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First, it is apparent that in choosing to avoid diacritics for the many Sanskrit names occurring in the bulk of the work, and to respell them as suits the impoverished English alphabet, and to "translate" the many orotund titles of the Sanskrit works at issue, Pollock is aiming his work chiefly at a non-specialist audience, unused to or impatient of foreign exotica.
Trump answered their orotund earnestness with Tweets.
Particularly outstanding were the dulcet flutes, Kate Aldridge's agile doublebass, and Anneke Scott's orotund yet balletic natural horn solo over chugging bassoons in the Gloria's "Quoniam".
(1985: 13) call it, "orotund style"; the other, the archaic flavour that, according to Downing and Locke (1992: 144-145), these constructions seem to maintain in present-day English due mainly to their classical Latin and Greek origin.
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It is in the later letters of 1946 also that I first noticed the emergence of the Mailerian style, the rhetoric, "the orotund," as he would later call it.
The collection opens with a wonderfully evocative piece dealing with the place from which many mythologies begin, 'Ovum', playing with associations of egg and employing a series of images and sound effects to explore the idea: 'the meat of the word made orotund and Latinate' which is compared to 'putting your mouth to the smooth/breast of the ocarina'.
The introduction is relatively brief, but offers superbly vivid descriptions of the experience of reading Browne, noting his "habitual and vertiginous shifts in scale" and his "moves from intricate scholarship to a delirium of fact" (xiii), his observational powers "at the same time precise and deranged" (xvii), and describing Religio Mediei and Pseudodoxia Epidemica as "at once abstruse and moving, pedantic and orotund, works of spectacular pointlessness, nit-pickingly precise and lavishly meditative" (xxi).