One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.‘a grandiloquent celebration of Spanish glory’
pompous, bombastic, magniloquent, pretentious, ostentatious, high-flown, high-sounding, rhetorical, orotund, fustian, florid, floweryView synonyms
- ‘To the delight of nineteenth-century readers, phrasings were predictably grandiloquent.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Johnson's expression is manly, vigorous, grandiloquent and bombastic.’
- ‘Shakespeare, to many, is almost like Indian mythology with its larger-than-life characters and grandiloquent plots and dialogues.’
- ‘Horace has a grandiloquent way of thinking about things.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the same grandiloquent tradition as Italian cinema, imagery is paramount in setting the mood and projecting the hidden psychology of the characters.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They feel so let down by a government that promised the earth - wonderful phrases, and grandiloquent language.’
- ‘Beijing made grandiloquent promises at the time.’
- ‘But in no time one realizes that the claim is not grandiloquent, but humble.’
- ‘He duplicates the editors' preface in a rather grandiloquent manner.’
- ‘You have to understand that he had a habit of making grandiloquent statements.’
- ‘His grandiloquent claim that there are five branches of the fine arts, and that the greatest of these is confectionery, is famous.’
- ‘Elie is a busy man, and has no time for such grandiloquent nonsense.’
Late 16th century: from Latin grandiloquus, literally ‘grand-speaking’, from grandis ‘grand’ + loqui ‘speak’. The ending was altered in English by association with eloquent.
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