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  • adj. High-sounding; lofty or pompous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. High-sounding; lofty or pompous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • High-sounding; lofty or pompous, as language: as, “altisonant phrases,” Evelyn, Sylva (To the Reader).


Latin altus high + sonans, present participle of sonare to sound. (Wiktionary)


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  • What a pretentious word.

    September 22, 2007

  • (archaic) Lofty or pompous: high-sounding; loud.

    Oh, the things one can do with a word like this. ;-)

    September 22, 2007