Definition of grandiloquent in English:



  • Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.

    ‘a grandiloquent celebration of Spanish glory’
    • ‘Horace has a grandiloquent way of thinking about things.’
    • ‘Beijing made grandiloquent promises at the time.’
    • ‘I can use the tools every other writer uses, the grandiloquent metaphors, the descriptions, but I don't think I'd be doing the reader any favors.’
    • ‘But in no time one realizes that the claim is not grandiloquent, but humble.’
    • ‘The grandiloquent building in which the hotel is housed has been a city landmark since 1909 and it's a neo-classical façade is impressive, with tall, fat columns rising high above its entrance.’
    • ‘To the delight of nineteenth-century readers, phrasings were predictably grandiloquent.’
    • ‘Shakespeare, to many, is almost like Indian mythology with its larger-than-life characters and grandiloquent plots and dialogues.’
    • ‘He duplicates the editors' preface in a rather grandiloquent manner.’
    • ‘You have to understand that he had a habit of making grandiloquent statements.’
    • ‘They feel so let down by a government that promised the earth - wonderful phrases, and grandiloquent language.’
    • ‘Johnson's expression is manly, vigorous, grandiloquent and bombastic.’
    • ‘His grandiloquent claim that there are five branches of the fine arts, and that the greatest of these is confectionery, is famous.’
    • ‘In the same grandiloquent tradition as Italian cinema, imagery is paramount in setting the mood and projecting the hidden psychology of the characters.’
    • ‘Elie is a busy man, and has no time for such grandiloquent nonsense.’
    • ‘Some of the politicians who give grandiloquent speeches on Europe's future seem to know history only as far back as Hitler, Stalin and the Cold War.’
    pompous, bombastic, magniloquent, pretentious, ostentatious, high-flown, high-sounding, rhetorical, orotund, fustian, florid, flowery
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Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.