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Line breaks: son¦or|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒn(ə)rəs
, səˈnɔːrəs

Definition of sonorous in English:


1(Of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full: he read aloud with a sonorous and musical voice
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  • The tall, square-jawed actor with a deep, sonorous voice made more than 50 films in a career spanning six decades.
  • Gifted with a remarkably deep and sonorous voice, Rashid Khan has excelled in almost all facets of singing.
  • Perhaps if the cast had stronger personalities and more sonorous voices, the production would have a less half-hearted effect.
1.1Capable of producing a deep or ringing sound: the alloy is sonorous and useful in making bells
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  • Rich, warm string tone, sweet, elegant winds, and mellow, sonorous brass are the hallmarks of the ‘Saxony sound’.
1.2(Of a speech or style) using imposing language: he relished the sonorous words of condemnation
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  • Redmayne's costume (an elegant gown with a high, beehive hairdo) gave him an aristocratic deportment which he emphasised with graceful movements and slow, sonorous speech.
  • He's developed a visceral revulsion toward his fellow humans, a profoundly misanthropic impulse that he dresses up in the sonorous language of ‘biophilia.’
  • Audiences may not always understand what doors King is trying to open, but they do respond to his sonorous language.


early 17th century: from Latin sonorus (from sonor 'sound') + -ous.



Example sentences
  • It was a 10-minute homage to himself, sonorously narrated by Gregory Peck and made on the orders of the White House staff to introduce the new president to a sceptical public after Kennedy's assassination.
  • However, it soon becomes clear, that this is an inversion of cinematic practice, with the sonorously intoned Russian voice-over and English subtitles providing the drive in place of visual information.
  • Bridge is sung sonorously but very low-key and just when you think it is going to fade away like the dying light, the band, a percussive juggernaut, bounces dramatically into Graceland.


Example sentences
  • Blake somehow understands, that his sonorousness is a final, sad crumbling of former grandeur.
  • The presence of a very little lead or any similar metal greatly lessens the sonorousness of this alloy; while that of silver increases it.
  • This sonorousness of vindictive words might help to characterize how, say, racist speech works on and in its targets.

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