- (of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness.
- (of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.
Origin of orotund
1785–95; contraction of Latin phrase ōre rotundō, with round mouth
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Examples from the Web for orotund
Hamlet saw that pithy old Polonius was a preposterous and orotund ass.Pipefuls
Obediently, the fanatic began to mouth Holy Writ in orotund.When Egypt Went Broke
At once Serrano's orotund Italian voice shot out into the crowd.Mountain
Mrs. Hallam was sitting in orotund silence, but seemed in good humour.Visionaries
With the orotund, as well as with the natural quality, all the voice modes previously described may be conjoined.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886
Ministry of Education
- (of the voice) resonant; booming
- (of speech or writing) bombastic; pompous
C18: from Latin phrase ore rotundo with rounded mouth
Word Origin and History for orotund
1792, from Latin ore rotundo "in well-rounded phrases," literally "with round mouth" (see ore rotundo).
The odd thing about the word is that its only currency, at least in its non-technical sense, is among those who should most abhor it, the people of sufficient education to realize its bad formation; it is at once a monstrosity in its form & a pedantry in its use. [Fowler]
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