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  • n. The quality of being orotund.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The orotund mode of intonation.


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  • The new style could be as limpid as Waugh or as blunt as Orwell or as funny as White and Benchley, but it dethroned the old orotundity as surely as Addison had killed off the old asymmetry.

    Wisest Thing I've Read Today

  • I can attempt to disguise my language, I can dress it up into even more elaborate and grandiose orotundity, prolixity and self-consciousness, Will Self-consciousness you might say, or I could dress it down into something stripped.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • But I can only observe, as Lord Black's risible orotundity finally promises to dissipate into the realm of the crepuscular, that what ventures forth will inevitably make its return.

    Black day in July

  • It would be interesting to trace the history of brainless orotundity back through the centuries to Hellenistic Alexandria and beyond are there examples of this sort of thing on baked clay tablets?... but it would probably drive the investigator to the madhouse. MORE BAD WRITING.

  • It would be well to get rid of some of them by purging; there should be an impressive explosion when _orotundity_ makes its windy exit.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 02

  • "As a widow," she resumed with orotundity not lessened by her absence from her own accustomed dais, "as a widow yourself, you are arranged here with a fair degree of comfort, as I am disposed to believe, Mrs. Gage."

    The Sagebrusher A Story of the West

  • Johnson in terms emulous of the great doctor's orotundity and ronderosity.

    My Literary Passions

  • Seeking with great orotundity to explain his previous expressions and ingratiate himself with his superior, he urged reconsideration of the president’s decision to keep him in Washington.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Since in the book, Gabler clearly points out the limitations of Disney’s vision — in Disneyland, arguably its truest expression, idyllic, whites-only small-town life somehow leads straight to the space program — that subtitle seems no more than slipshod orotundity, meant to puff up the book’s importance.

    Cartoon Rembrandt, Homespun Fascist or Both?

  • Though his films are seldom shown outside art houses, what truly endears Jaglom to Snobs is his role as Orson Welles’s post – PETER BOGDANOVICH caretaker; Jaglom kept the great man company in his last years and gave him his final role, in the younger director’s Someone to Love (1987), in which Welles simply sat in the back of a theater and spoke his mind with characteristic orotundity.

    The Film Snob's Dictionary, Volume 3


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