Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • High-sounding; pompous in language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare High-sounding; pompous in speech.

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  • adjective Pompous, or pretentious in speech

Etymologies

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Latin altus (adverb alte) high + loquens, p. pr. of loqui to speak.

Examples

  • He remembered that the politeness seemed too elaborate, too florid, altiloquent to the extent of insincerity.

    All-Wool Morrison

  • Of sentimentality -- altiloquent, fabricated feeling and cajolery -- there is enough in Greek and Latin literature, doubtless as a reflection of life.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • His passion is fickle, his adoration little more than adulation, and the expressions of unselfish devotion here and there do not mean more than the altiloquent words of Achilles about Briseis or of Admetus about

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

Comments

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  • I nominate "subiloquent" as the antonym of altiloquent.

    May 15, 2012