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Grandisonant

[gran-DIH-sə-nənt]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

Grand-sounding, giving the impression of grandeur; rhetorical; bombastic.

Examples of Grandisonant in a sentence

"The mayor gave a grandisonant speech about the contributions of the city’s founders."

"The hotel manager offered a grandisonant description of the room service options."

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About Grandisonant

“Grandisonant” is derived from the classical Latin “grandisonus,” meaning “pompous” or “loud sounding.” Both the English word and its Latin source are formed by mixing the Latin roots “grandis” (meaning “large”) and “sonus” meaning “sound”).

Did you Know?

“Grandisonant” can be both a compliment and an insult, depending on how it is applied. If the speaker on a very serious occasion gives a grandisonant speech, it may well bring a feeling of solemnity to the day. Yet a person speaking in a grandisonant tone about trivial things risks sounding pompous or bombastic.

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