[gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns]


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

Origin of grandiloquence

1580–90; < Latin grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + -loquus speaking) + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grandiloquence

Contemporary Examples of grandiloquence

  • But in opposing the Bush-Cheney march to war, his grandiloquence changed to eloquence.

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    Remembering Robert Byrd

    Paul Begala

    June 28, 2010

  • Our central problem is that the combination of his grandiloquence and the September 2008 financial crisis led to his election.

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    I Told You So

    Lynn Forester De Rothschild

    February 28, 2010

Historical Examples of grandiloquence

  • He was young, and liked a bit of grandiloquence as well as another.

    Phoebe, Junior

    Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant

  • He adored eloquence, not to say grandiloquence: he was the son of a barrister.

  • It is a Parnassian Samain, but always personal, even in grandiloquence.

    The Book of Masks

    Remy de Gourmont

  • Mrs. Dodd smiled at the grandiloquence of youth, and told him he had mistaken her character.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade

  • I smiled inwardly at the grandiloquence of the tone, and yet, how true it was!

Word Origin and History for grandiloquence

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper