grandiloquence

[gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns]

noun

speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.

Nearby words

  1. grandfather's chair,
  2. grandfather's clock,
  3. grandfatherly,
  4. grandgent,
  5. grandiflora,
  6. grandiloquent,
  7. grandiose,
  8. grandiosity,
  9. grandioso,
  10. grandkid

Origin of grandiloquence

1580–90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence

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Word Origin and History for grandiloquence

grandiloquence

n.

1580s, from Latin grandiloquentia, from grandiloquus "using lofty speech, bombastic," from grandis "big" (see grand (adj.)) + -loquus "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution).

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