Definition of stentorian in English:



  • (of a person's voice) loud and powerful.

    ‘a stentorian roar’
    • ‘He stood a moment silent, and then - ‘I denounce this God-defying murder’, he shouted; and his father, if he must have disclaimed the sentiment, might have owned the stentorian voice with which it was uttered.’
    • ‘Until the government piled on its pressure, the greatest deterrent to seeking preventive healthcare was the stentorian voice on the other end of the telephone telling a would-be patient that no doctor was available until a week on Friday.’
    • ‘The next thing I knew stentorian voices were to be heard outside, accompanied by high-powered torch beams piercing the shrubbery.’
    • ‘It was a privilege to be in thrall to those stentorian tones, liberally laced with puckish humour, which delighted millions of cricket fans for decades, first on television and later on radio's immensely popular Test Match Special.’
    • ‘With his stentorian voice, he regaled his audience with his good humour and reminiscences of his days in sports.’
    • ‘He conformed to the social atmosphere of the time, and his standard English stentorian tones are probably the result.’
    • ‘How many times did one hear the indignant, stentorian tones of some elderly lady or gentleman exclaiming, ‘No civic sense!’’
    • ‘‘It's Superman’ became a catchphrase for two generations of listeners and his stentorian delivery was much mimicked.’
    • ‘Emotion is enhanced or deflated depending on what happens to be on the air, whether it's the sexy beat of the Rolling Stones or the stentorian drone of an announcer.’
    • ‘A stentorian voice told viewers that only George Bush's robust approach could protect them.’
    • ‘In his stentorian voice, he told me a lot about Connolly, unexceptionable stuff, most of which I already knew.’
    • ‘Asking for a recount in these large, Democrat-dominated counties left the Gore team fatally vulnerable to the charge that they wanted not all votes counted, as Gore kept claiming in his stentorian tones, but only all Gore votes.’
    • ‘‘Just so people understand, this is an ear candle,’ says Ames, in a stentorian deadpan that indeed suggests clogged ears.’
    • ‘Standing up to unpardonable abuse, the stentorian voice still comes back fresh and bright for ballad renditions.’
    • ‘‘So, how's it going?’ he said, his voice so stentorian, so loud, that I wondered if he presumed I was deaf.’
    • ‘I turn towards the direction of the stentorian voice.’
    • ‘Whether Nixon was entirely serious or merely trying to unsettle Kissinger is not altogether clear and, in his thickly stentorian voice, Kissinger replied: ‘That, I think, would just be too much.’’
    loud, booming, thundering, thunderous, trumpeting, blaring, roaring, ear-splitting, deafening
    ringing, resonant, sonorous, carrying, vibrant, powerful, strong, full
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