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[gran-dil-uh-kwuh ns]
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  1. 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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  • 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).

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