An Introduction to Grandiloquence

Grandiloquence (etymologically from Latin comb. ‘grandis’ for “grand” and ‘loqui’ for “speak,” literally signifying “a grand speaking”), is a form of speech embellished with lofty and bombastic words, with intent of the speaker or writer primarily to induce grandeur and/or admiration.

Speeches constructed with grandiloquence, or write-ups filled with multitude of pompous words or high-flown style of talking are considered grandiloquent. In many cases, grandiloquence is overly verbose and lacking clear and sincere message especially when used by politicians for political interest.

Notable Examples

The following examples are from reliable sources in the web.

  • Mere wordiness and grandiloquence may sound like ecstasy yet lack that quality.
    — (Albert Mordell, The Literature of Ecstasy)
  • The grandiloquence went out of the voice of Telfer and his face became serious.
    — (Sherwood Anderson, Windy McPherson's Son)
  • But in opposing the Bush-Cheney march to war, his grandiloquence changed to eloquence.
    — (Paul Begala, Remembering Robert Byrd)
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