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grandiloquent Syllabification: gran·dil·o·quent
Pronunciation: /ɡranˈdiləkwənt/

Definition of grandiloquent in English:


Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress: a grandiloquent celebration of Spanish glory
More example sentences
  • They feel so let down by a government that promised the earth - wonderful phrases, and grandiloquent language.
  • He duplicates the editors' preface in a rather grandiloquent manner.
  • Johnson's expression is manly, vigorous, grandiloquent and bombastic.
overwrought, overblown, overdone
informal highfalutin, purple


Pronunciation: /ɡranˈdiləkwəns/
Example sentences
  • Now that I've said that, allow me to apologize for the grandiloquence and pomposity of that preceding paragraph.
  • Nevertheless, he has his moments of loopy grandiloquence.
  • There is no playing to the gallery, no verbal gymnastics, certainly no grandiloquence.
Pronunciation: /ɡranˈdiləkwən(t)lē/
Example sentences
  • Such an ambition is both clear and ‘not too grandiloquently vast’.
  • Fernandes has thanked him grandiloquently for having saved India.
  • ‘My Lord Philip,’ She announced grandiloquently, ‘We are going to elope.’


Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally 'grand-speaking', from grandis 'grand' + loqui 'speak'. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.

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