Definition of orotund in US English:



  • 1(of the voice or phrasing) full, round, and imposing.

    • ‘There, speaking in orotund tones, the Court announces that ‘Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of doubt.’’
    • ‘Watson's orotund voice is complemented by swooning strings, lush orchestration and gloriously cheery tempi, conjuring the Med, lemon trees and a large dollop of la dolce vita straight into your living room.’
    • ‘They could therefore rely more on an orotund voice when the circumstances required competence, confidence, and enthusiasm early in the interaction.’
    • ‘While not exactly an inflammatory call to arms, it reminded us perfectly of their pair's gorgeously orotund sound.’
    • ‘When more emotion was needed, the volume was turned up, or the elocution became more orotund.’
    • ‘Viewers baffled by these moments, not to mention the orotund tones and rolled R's of theatrical elocution, will probably welcome the subtitles.’
    deep, sonorous, strong, powerful, full, full-toned, rich, fruity, clear, round, resonant, ringing, reverberating, loud, booming, imposing
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    1. 1.1 (of writing, style, or expression) pompous or pretentious.
      • ‘Pretentious maybe, but it is still rather fun in its orotund syllables.’
      • ‘Yes, Will's prose is more orotund and the moral is more delicately unfurled.’
      • ‘‘We all know,’ she says, adopting a mocking, orotund tone, ‘that dance is important.’’
      • ‘Opinions divide very sharply indeed on the question of whether Hanks is funny in the orotund, actor-manager-ish role of Dorr.’
      • ‘It is banal, orotund, unmusical, and stuffed with wads of unnecessary jargon.’
      • ‘As we noted several months ago, orotund, abstract language can obfuscate accountability, truth-telling, and as we're now seeing most clearly, the simple facing of reality.’
      • ‘Kipling uses the orotund, elaborate language of Hindi courtesy to provide the ritual punctuation for the longer stories.’
      • ‘A contemporary critic of Tacitism even observed that Tacitus's prose style sounded like the clipped commands of a soldier, quite different from the orotund and peaceful prose of Cicero.’
      • ‘This is all right in conversation, hut a little of it goes a long way on the printed page. if he had had a tighter editor, Lord Jenkins might also have been prodded to be less orotund in a few places.’
      • ‘There is a curious historical paradox that dictates declarations of crisis should always be written in slow, orotund prose that declares emergency and demands urgency but does so at the slowest possible pace and with maximum ambiguity.’
      • ‘Namely, she regards her father as an orotund megalomaniacal monkey.’
      • ‘An orotund Tory in pinstripes boomed out that he never expected to see the day when he would stand shoulder to shoulder with Tatchell and cry revolution.’
      • ‘At the other extreme is Vienna, with his sadistic relish and orotund vernacular.’
      • ‘I, as the narrator want to sound clever, be orotund, and use words that you may not normally use.’
      pompous, pretentious, affected, mannered, fulsome, grandiose, ornate, over-elaborate, overblown, flowery, florid, flamboyant, inflated, high-flown, high-sounding, magniloquent, grandiloquent, declamatory, rhetorical, oratorical, theatrical, actorly, rotund, bombastic, overwrought, overdone, overripe, convoluted, turgid
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Late 18th century: from Latin ore rotundo ‘with rounded mouth’.