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Magniloquent

[mag-NIL-ə-kwənt]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, mid-17th century

1.

Using high-flown or bombastic language.

Examples of Magniloquent in a sentence

"His speech was so magniloquent the audience was held in rapt attention."

"You might admire magniloquent language, but sometimes plain speaking is best."

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About Magniloquent

In Latin, "magniloquus" combined "magnus" for great and "loquus" meaning speaking. Instead of telling someone "good job at the speaking thing," you can praise them for their magniloquent oratory.

Did you Know?

There are a few words that have expanded upon "eloquent" — meaning "fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing." There's "breviloquent," speaking with brevity, "grandiloquent," pompous in language and delivery, and then "magniloquent," which means using high-flown and fancy language.

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