One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of the voice or phrasing) full, round, and imposing.
deep, sonorous, strong, powerful, full, full-toned, rich, fruity, clear, round, resonant, ringing, reverberating, loud, booming, imposingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They could therefore rely more on an orotund voice when the circumstances required competence, confidence, and enthusiasm early in the interaction.’
- ‘There, speaking in orotund tones, the Court announces that ‘Liberty finds no refuge in a jurisprudence of doubt.’’
- ‘While not exactly an inflammatory call to arms, it reminded us perfectly of their pair's gorgeously orotund sound.’
- 1.1 (of writing, style, or expression) pompous or pretentious.
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, turgidView synonyms
- ‘Yes, Will's prose is more orotund and the moral is more delicately unfurled.’
- ‘Namely, she regards her father as an orotund megalomaniacal monkey.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘We all know,’ she says, adopting a mocking, orotund tone, ‘that dance is important.’’
- ‘At the other extreme is Vienna, with his sadistic relish and orotund vernacular.’
- ‘Pretentious maybe, but it is still rather fun in its orotund syllables.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Opinions divide very sharply indeed on the question of whether Hanks is funny in the orotund, actor-manager-ish role of Dorr.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I, as the narrator want to sound clever, be orotund, and use words that you may not normally use.’
- ‘It is banal, orotund, unmusical, and stuffed with wads of unnecessary jargon.’
Late 18th century: from Latin ore rotundo ‘with rounded mouth’.
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