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(sŏn′ər-əs, sō′nər-əs, sə-nôr′əs)
1. Having or producing sound.
2. Having or producing a full, deep, or rich sound.
3. Impressive in style of speech: a sonorous oration.
4. (also sō′nər-əs) Produced in the manner of a sonorant.

[From Latin sonōrus, from sonor, sound, from sonāre, to sound; see swen- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

son′o·rous·ly adv.
son′o·rous·ness n.
Usage Note: Traditionally, sonorous was stressed on the second syllable, but the pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is now much more common in American English, with either a short o (sŏn′ər-əs) or a long o (sō′nər-əs). In our 2016 survey, a significant majority of the Usage Panel—64 percent—preferred (sŏn′ər-əs), while 26 percent preferred (sō′nər-əs) and only 9 percent of the Usage Panel preferred the traditional (sə-nôr′əs) pronunciation.
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Noun1.sonorousness - having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
timbre, tone, quality, timber - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"


[ˈsɒnərəsnɪs] Nsonoridad f


nKlangfülle f
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The tact and skill which suffice to avert a Woman's sting are unequal to the task of stopping a Woman's mouth; and as the wife has absolutely nothing to say, and absolutely no constraint of wit, sense, or conscience to prevent her from saying it, not a few cynics have been found to aver that they prefer the danger of the death-dealing but inaudible sting to the safe sonorousness of a Woman's other end.
At last he entered into a long, and I have no doubt a very learned and eloquent exposition of the history and nature of the 'taboo' as affecting this particular case; employing a variety of most extraordinary words, which, from their amazing length and sonorousness, I have every reason to believe were of a theological nature.
Any one may give their remarks an interrogative turn," he continued, his sonorousness rising with his style.
All the right notes were struck in such perfect tenor that you'd be forgiven for suspecting the sonorousness of it all.
By treating them, I aim to demonstrate a complex formal and historical relationship between the sonorousness of verse, and those elements of language that might seem hardest to harmonize.
In considering the ornamentation of a poem (alamkara), which would include but not be limited to its euphony or sonorousness, what matters is the arousal of an emotional taste or flavor (rasa; literally, "sap" or "juice") in the hearer or listener.
In each culture, poetry, as the language of indwelling in the life-world, draws upon connotative, that is, associative rather than simply definitional, meanings of words as it draws upon the sonorousness of its language to provide another kind of meaning: emotively associative meaning.