- speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
Origin of grandiloquent
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turgid, inflated, rhetorical, pretentious.
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Examples from the Web for grandiloquently
“‘Whom the gods love, die young,’” quoted I grandiloquently, like Mawley.She and I, Volume 1
John Conroy Hutcheson
I never heard of a man who spoke of himself so grandiloquently!An Old Man's Love
"It's the guys higher up that does the thinkin'," said Grey grandiloquently.Three Soldiers
John Dos Passos
"Englishmen do not care to discuss the lady of their choice," he said grandiloquently.Beggars on Horseback
F. Tennyson Jesse
“Then let us ride forth and win them to our side,” said the Nana grandiloquently.The Red Year
- inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression
C16: from Latin grandiloquus, from grandis great + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for grandiloquently
1590s, probably a back-formation from grandiloquence. Related: Grandiloquently.
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