adjective Etymology: back-formation from magniloquence Date: 1640 speaking in or characterized by a high-flown often bombastic style or manner <
magniloquent boasts
magniloquently adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Magniloquent — Mag*nil o*quent, a. [L. magnus great + loquens, entis, p. pr. of loqui to speak. See {Magnitude}, {Loquacious}.] Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent. {Mag*nil o*quent*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • magniloquent — index grandiose, inflated (bombastic), orotund, sesquipedalian, turgid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • magniloquent — (adj.) 1650s, a back formation from magniloquence, or else from L. magniloquentia lofty style of language, from magniloquus pompous in talk, vaunting, boastful, from comb. form of magnus great (see MAGNATE (Cf. magnate)) + loquus speaking, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • magniloquent — grandiloquent, aureate, flowery, *rhetorical, euphuistic, bombastic Analogous words: turgid, tumid, inflated, flatulent: theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic, *dramatic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • magniloquent — [mag nil′ə kwənt] adj. [prob. back form. < magniloquence < L magniloquentia < magniloquus, speaking in a lofty style < magnus, great (see MAGNI ) + loqui, to speak] 1. lofty, pompous, or grandiose in speech or style of expression 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • magniloquent — magniloquence, n. magniloquently, adv. /mag nil euh kweuhnt/, adj. speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful. [1650 60; back formation from L magniloquentia elevated language, equiv. to magniloqu(us)… …   Universalium

  • magniloquent — adjective Speaking pompously; using swelling discourse; bombastic; tumid in style; grandiloquent. Syn: fustian, lexiphanic …   Wiktionary

  • magniloquent — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. pompous, boastful, bombastic. See boasting. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Characterized by language that is elevated and sometimes pompous in style: aureate, bombastic, declamatory, flowery,… …   English dictionary for students

  • magniloquent — speaking in a grand or pompous style Styles of Speech …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • magniloquent — mag nil·o·quent || mæg nɪlÉ™kwÉ™nt adj. bombastic, grandiloquent; boastful …   English contemporary dictionary

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