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[awr-uh-tuhnd, ohr-] /ˈɔr əˌtʌnd, ˈoʊr-/
(of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.
(of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.
Origin of orotund
1785-95; contraction of Latin phrase ōre rotundō, with round mouth
Related forms
[awr-uh-tuhn-di-tee, ohr-] /ˌɔr əˈtʌn dɪ ti, ˌoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for orotund
Historical Examples
  • Hamlet saw that pithy old Polonius was a preposterous and orotund ass.


    Christopher Morley
  • Obediently, the fanatic began to mouth Holy Writ in orotund.

  • At once Serrano's orotund Italian voice shot out into the crowd.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • Mrs. Hallam was sitting in orotund silence, but seemed in good humour.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • Pure voice is usually spoken of as being manifested in two qualities, the natural and the orotund.

  • With the orotund, as well as with the natural quality, all the voice modes previously described may be conjoined.

  • The father of Seneca had a school of oratory where rich Roman youths were taught to mouth in orotund and gesticulate in curves.

  • To match a short vowel to an orotund concert note for two beats and a “hold” was impossible.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes

    Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
  • One given to sonorous and orotund phrases would doubtless have coined a most splendid speech here.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • In an orotund voice he declaims to his pupils the mighty revelations that he copied from the book.

    The Vitalized School

    Francis B. Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for orotund


(of the voice) resonant; booming
(of speech or writing) bombastic; pompous
Word Origin
C18: from Latin phrase ore rotundo with rounded mouth
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Word Origin and History for orotund

1792, from Latin ore rotundo "in well-rounded phrases," literally "with round mouth" (see ore rotundo).

The odd thing about the word is that its only currency, at least in its non-technical sense, is among those who should most abhor it, the people of sufficient education to realize its bad formation; it is at once a monstrosity in its form & a pedantry in its use. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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