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grandiloquent

[gran-dil-uh-kwuhnt]
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  1. speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
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Origin of grandiloquent

First recorded in 1585–95; grandiloqu(ence) + -ent
Related formsgran·dil·o·quent·ly, adverb

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grandiloquent

adjective
  1. inflated, pompous, or bombastic in style or expression
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Derived Formsgrandiloquence, noungrandiloquently, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin grandiloquus, from grandis great + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for grandiloquent

adj.

1590s, probably a back-formation from grandiloquence. Related: Grandiloquently.

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