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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.
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.