- (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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- (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 orotundity
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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