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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 roll of the drum and the stentorian voice of the gallant chief calling to arms mingled together.

    Memories Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
  • Then, as the porter shouted in stentorian tones, “New Yawk—all out!”

    Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
  • He broke it by lifting his voice in a stentorian shout, which arrested the pursuit of his men.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • As they ended, a stentorian voice shouted out, Who cares for General Pillow?

    The Civil War in America William Howard Russell
  • Without waiting for an answer, he commenced, in stentorian tones.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • At the little post-towns of Nottingham and Marlborough the stentorian tones roused the people from their sleep.

  • Sawyer supported their herculean efforts with bursts of stentorian laughter.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • One of them, the leader, called out in stentorian tones, "All hands fer de fust set!"

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
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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