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[gran-dil-uh-kwuh nt] /grænˈdɪl ə kwənt/
speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
Origin of grandiloquent
First recorded in 1585-95; grandiloqu(ence) + -ent
Related forms
grandiloquently, adverb
turgid, inflated, rhetorical, pretentious.
simple, sincere. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for grandiloquently
Historical Examples
  • “‘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

    Anthony Trollope
  • "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 Louis Tracy
  • When he lifted his hat to me I lifted my hat as grandiloquently as he.

    Adventures In Friendship David Grayson
  • The ex-parson made way for Alban, grandiloquently offering a niche upon the bare floor and a view of the reddening embers.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton
  • He might even be grandiloquently styled, by those who were particular about the names of things, the soldier of peace.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • "The Japanese comic opera of the future has yet to be written," I responded, grandiloquently.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • His style is so grandiloquently vague that we can make neither head nor tail of it.

British Dictionary definitions for grandiloquently


inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression
Derived Forms
grandiloquence, noun
grandiloquently, adverb
Word Origin
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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