Grandiloquence is speech or writing marked by pompous or bombastic
diction. [ [http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/grandiloquence Dictionary.com - Grandiloquence] ] It is a combination of Latin word "grandis" (great) and "loqui" (to speak). [ [http://www.allwords.com/word-grandiloquence.html Grandiloquence - etymology] ]
President of the United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding, is often considered a grandiloquent speaker. His style of speaking was somewhat unusual, even in his age. The following is an example of his unusual and grandiloquent word speech:
:"America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not , but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but ; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality…."
William Gibbs McAdoobelieved Harding's speeches consisted of "an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea."
Robert C. Byrdfrom West Virginialost his position as majority leader in 1989 because his colleagues felt his grandiloquent speeches, often employing obscure allusions to ancient Romeand Greece, were not an asset to the party base. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-05-22-byrd-fight-GOP_x.htm At 87, Byrd faces re-election battle of his career] ] This trait has been exemplified by oratoryquoting Shakespeareupon the deathof his little dogBilly. [ [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r107:S20MR1-0009: Byrd speech from LOC] ]
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grandiloquence — [ grɑ̃dilɔkɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1544, repris 1859; lat. grandiloquus, de grandis « sublime » et loqui « parler », d apr. éloquence ♦ Éloquence ou style affecté, qui abuse des grands mots et des effets faciles. ⇒ emphase. « la grandiloquence et l excès… … Encyclopédie Universelle
Grandiloquence — Gran*dil o*quence, n. The use of lofty words or phrases; bombast; usually in a bad sense. [1913 Webster] The sin of grandiloquence or tall talking. Thackeray, [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
grandiloquence — index bombast, declamation, peroration, rhetoric (insincere language) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
grandiloquence — 1580s, from L. grandiloquentia, from grandiloquus using lofty speech, bombastic, from grandis big (see GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.)) + loquus speaking, from loqui to speak (see LOCUTION (Cf. locution)) … Etymology dictionary
grandiloquence — (entrée créée par le supplément) (gran di lo kan s ) s. f. Parole pompeuse. • Je crois que c est vous mêmes, messieurs, qui vous mystifiez par votre fausse métaphysique et votre grandiloquence, PROUDHON les Majorats littéraires, p. 14, Paris,… … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré
grandiloquence — grandiloquent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner. DERIVATIVES grandiloquence noun grandiloquently adverb. ORIGIN Latin grandiloquus grand speaking … English terms dictionary
grandiloquence — noun Etymology: probably from Middle French, from Latin grandiloquus using lofty language, from grandis + loqui to speak Date: 1589 a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language •… … New Collegiate Dictionary
GRANDILOQUENCE — n. f. Abus des grands mots dans le discours, éloquence boursouflée … Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)
grandiloquence — /gran dil euh kweuhns/, n. speech that is lofty in tone, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic. [1580 90; < L grandiloqu(us) speaking loftily (grandi(s) great + loquus speaking) + ENCE] * * * … Universalium
grandiloquence — noun lofty, pompous or bombastic speech or writing See Also: grandiloquent … Wiktionary