Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Lofty and extravagant in speech; grandiloquent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Speaking or writing in a lofty style; grandiloquent; bombastic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lofty in style

Etymologies

Back formation from magniloquence, grandiloquence, from Latin magniloquentia : magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots + loquēns, loquent-, present participle of loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Formed as magni- + -loquent; compare the post-Classical Latin magniloquens ("talkative”, “verbose"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Briefly, _Tamburlaine_ -- the play which made the greatest impression on the playwrights of its time -- may be described as a magniloquent account of the career of a world-conqueror whose resistless triumph over kingdoms and potentates, signalized by acts of monstrous insolence, provides excuse for outbursts of extravagant vainglory.

    The Growth of English Drama

  • Yeah, I agree the whole Tebow thing got to be too much, saturated with hyperbole and strained, magniloquent theories about why he'd become the country's most-discussed athlete.

    Adjusting to Life Without Tebow

  • Before he even speaks we glean Quixote's character -- eloquent, fearless and frail -- in Gaines' gestures and movement, so that when he launches into some magniloquent knight errant business, it only confirms what we already knew about him.

    James Scarborough: Man of La Mancha at Musical Theatre West

  • "Come Around Sundown," the band's fifth album, is thick with growly, momentous rock songs that arrive in an era dominated by magnificent pop stars (Lady Gaga), magniloquent rap stars (Lil Wayne) and mash-ups of the two (Kanye West).

    Kings of Leon bemoan their rock stardom on latest album, 'Come Around Sundown'

  • His magniloquent posturing and googly-eyed visage imbue the picture with an irresistible mixture of foolhardy bravado and touching fearlessness needed by practitioners of a blood sport that Picasso identified as having much in common with his own high-risk line of work.

    The Late Show

  • But already, before that final catastrophe, the second world war showed up the weakness of industry despite all the magniloquent (and typically fascist) boasting that it was as efficient as that of America and far better than that of Soviet Russia.

    A Body Divided, 1

  • Edmund Spenser's refrain "Sweet Thames! run softly, till I end my song" is often quoted in disquisitions upon it; but the loud magniloquent song of the Thames itself will never end.

    In Praise Of London's 'Old Father'

  • I think John M's observation that there's a parallel with the mass hysteria that Hilter stirred up with his manic but magniloquent speeches is not so far of the mark.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • He carried into the bookselling craft somewhat of the grandiose manner of the stage, and was prone to be mouthy and magniloquent.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • His magniloquent western name was the moral umbrella upon which he balanced the fine problem of his finances.

    Dubliners

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