grandiloquence

[ gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns ]
/ grænˈdɪl ə kwəns /

noun

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

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Origin of grandiloquence

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