orotund

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj orotund (of sounds) full and rich "orotund tones","the rotund and reverberating phrase","pear-shaped vowels"
    • adj orotund ostentatiously lofty in style "a man given to large talk","tumid political prose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Orotund Characterized by fullness, clearness, strength, and smoothness; ringing and musical; -- said of the voice or manner of utterance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • orotund In elocution, characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness; open, mellow, rich, and musical: applied to the voice or manner of utterance.
    • orotund Pompous; self-satisfied; inflated: applied to a style of utterance.
    • n orotund A deep, full voice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Orotund ō′rō-tund full, clear, and musical, as speech
    • n Orotund full, clear, and musical speech, as when directly from the larynx
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. os, oris, the mouth + rotundus, round, smooth

Usage

In literature:

A call in the midst of the crowd, My own voice, orotund sweeping and final.
"Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman
Always an orotund man, he has the Chautauqua manner indeed in this exigency.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
It rolled over our heads with orotund volume.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
There is a voice of unusual roundness and fulness known as the orotund, which is indispensable to the public speaker.
"Talks on Talking" by Grenville Kleiser
Mrs. Hallam was sitting in orotund silence, but seemed in good humour.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
To match a short vowel to an orotund concert note for two beats and a "hold" was impossible.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
With the orotund, as well as with the natural quality, all the voice modes previously described may be conjoined.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
At once Serrano's orotund Italian voice shot out into the crowd.
"Mountain" by Clement Wood
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