magniloquent

[ mag-nil-uh-kwuh nt ]
/ mægˈnɪl ə kwənt /

adjective

speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.

Nearby words

  1. magnifico,
  2. magnifier,
  3. magnify,
  4. magnifying glass,
  5. magniloquence,
  6. magniloquently,
  7. magnisonant,
  8. magnitogorsk,
  9. magnitude,
  10. magnitudinous

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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British Dictionary definitions for magniloquent

magniloquent

/ (mæɡˈnɪləkwənt) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for magniloquent

C17: from Latin magnus great + loquī to speak

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Word Origin and History for magniloquent

magniloquent

adj.

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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