ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
Grandiloquent language or behaviour is very formal, literary, or exaggerated, and is used by people when they want to seem important. [FORMAL]

She attacked her colleagues for indulging in `grandiose and grandiloquent language'.

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  • grandiloquent — grandiloquent, ente [ grɑ̃dilɔkɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1876; de grandiloquence 1 ♦ Qui s exprime avec grandiloquence. ⇒ emphatique, pompeux. 2 ♦ Où il entre de la grandiloquence. ⇒ 2. pompier. Style, discours grandiloquent. ● grandiloquent,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Grandiloquent — Gran*dil o*quent, a. [L. grandis grand + logui to speak.] Speaking in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grandiloquent — index flatulent, fustian, grandiose, inflated (bombastic), orotund, pretentious (pompous) …   Law dictionary

  • grandiloquent — 1590s, probably a back formation from GRANDILOQUENCE (Cf. grandiloquence). Related: Grandiloquently …   Etymology dictionary

  • grandiloquent — magniloquent, *rhetorical, aureate, flowery, euphuistic, bombastic Analogous words: grandiose, imposing (see GRAND): inflated, turgid, tumid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • grandiloquent — [adj] pretentious, flowery (communication) aureate, big talking*, bombastic, declamatory, euphistic, fustian, high flown, histrionic, inflated, magniloquent, oratorical, orotund, overblown, pompous, purple*, rhetorical, sonorous, swollen, tall… …   New thesaurus

  • grandiloquent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner. DERIVATIVES grandiloquence noun grandiloquently adverb. ORIGIN Latin grandiloquus grand speaking …   English terms dictionary

  • grandiloquent — [gran dil′ə kwənt] adj. [< L grandiloquus < grandis, GRAND + loqui, to speak, after ELOQUENT] using high flown, pompous, bombastic words and expressions SYN. BOMBASTIC grandiloquence n. grandiloquently adv …   English World dictionary

  • grandiloquent — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. pompous, histrionic, bombastic; see bombastic , oratorical . See Synonym Study at bombastic . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [gran DIL uh kwent] using big words to try to impress, bombastic. Many… …   English dictionary for students

  • grandiloquent — adjective grandiloquent speeches Syn: pompous, bombastic, magniloquent, pretentious, ostentatious, high flown, orotund, florid, flowery; overwrought, overblown, overdone; informal highfalutin, purple Ant: understated …   Thesaurus of popular words

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