grandiloquence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grandiloquence high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation "the grandiosity of his prose","an excessive ornateness of language"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grandiloquence The use of lofty words or phrases; bombast; -- usually in a bad sense. "The sin of grandiloquence or tall talking."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grandiloquence The condition or quality of being grandiloquent; lofty speech or expression; bombast.
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Usage

In literature:

Among them all there was but one of two floors, a substantial red-brick little house with a most grandiloquent chimney-stack.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The solemn, grandiloquent words had nothing of melodrama in them, falling from his grave lips.
"Play the Game!" by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
This grandiloquent decree destroyed the effect of the armament.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
He had received an indignant and grandiloquent letter from his cousin, of which as yet he had taken no notice.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
At any rate, the well of my inspiration, if I may use so grandiloquent a term, has run dry.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Here lies the distinction between grandiloquence and genuine fancy or bold imaginativeness.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
What grandiloquence Nono had prepared never transpired.
"The Golden House" by Mrs. Woods Baker
He was young, and liked a bit of grandiloquence as well as another.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
The white man waved his arms grandiloquently.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
With grandiloquent gesture he raised another of the tindery fragments and ignited it from the first.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

A very grandiloquent Goat
Sat down to a gay table d'hote;
He ate all the corks,
The knives and the forks,
Remarking: "On these things I dote."
"The Grandiloquent Goat" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

It's not just shameless political posturing by the grandiloquent council member, either.
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