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[sten-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /stɛnˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/
very loud or powerful in sound:
a stentorian voice.
Origin of stentorian
First recorded in 1595-1605; Stentor + -ian
Related forms
stentorianly, adverb
unstentorian, adjective Unabridged
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  • The tone in which this was spoken was harsh and stentorian, and almost made me bounce.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Without waiting for an answer, he commenced, in stentorian tones.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • Where had I heard that stentorian but childish voice before?

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • He drew in his breath for a stentorian command for them to drop their weapons.

    The Ambulance Made Two Trips William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Suddenly he heard his name called in a stentorian contralto.

  • Then, as the porter shouted in stentorian tones, “New Yawk—all out!”

    Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
  • "Upon my word, it's true," said Porthos, in a stentorian voice.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • But a stentorian shout from Captain Jeb put an end to the altercation.

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • Above the tumult of the torrent his stentorian tones were plainly heard.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
British Dictionary definitions for stentorian


(of the voice, etc) uncommonly loud: stentorian tones
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stentorian

"of powerful voice," c.1600, from Stentor, legendary Greek herald in the Trojan War, whose voice (described in the "Iliad") was as loud as 50 men. His name is from Greek stenein "groan, moan," from PIE imitative root *(s)ten-, source of Old English þunor "thunder."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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