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[mag-nil-uh-kwuh nt]
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  1. speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.
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Origin of magniloquent

1650–60; back formation from Latin magniloquentia elevated language, equivalent to magniloqu(us) speaking grandly (magni- magni- + loqu(ī) to speak + -us adj. suffix) + -entia -ence
Related formsmag·nil·o·quence, nounmag·nil·o·quent·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Consequently, in all the details of private life, sensibility displays its magniloquence.

    The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)

    Hippolyte A. Taine

  • But the contrast between the magniloquence of poor BEN and the deadly failure of his wine, was too great.

  • "You are noble, you are generous, and—and one day I will give you the money back," he added with a burst of magniloquence.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • But on the opposite page, the sonnet called "Dawn" swings to the extremest point from the magniloquence of that.

  • Nevertheless, the Sultan detected a shade of hesitation in spite of the magniloquence of this refusal.

    A Book of Quaker Saints

    Lucy Violet Hodgkin

British Dictionary definitions for magniloquence


  1. (of speech) lofty in style; grandiloquent
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Derived Formsmagniloquence, nounmagniloquently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin magnus great + loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for magniloquence


1620s, from Latin magniloquentia "elevated language, lofty style;" see magniloquent + -ence.

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1650s, a back-formation from magniloquence, or else from Latin magniloquentia "lofty style of language," from magniloquus "pompous in talk, vaunting, boastful," from comb. form of magnus "great" (see magnate) + -loquus "speaking," from loqui "to speak" (see locution).

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