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grandiloquent (adj) pompous in speech or in writing.

A grandiloquent person uses high-sounding and lengthy words in their speech or in their writing just to impress their listeners or readers. A grandiloquent style is full of learned words and lengthy sentences showing more the scholarship of the speaker or the writer than their proper use. Politicians usually resort to grandiloquence, because they have only a little to talk about in a long time. They can never observe economy of words or simplicity in communication.

  • The audiences were soon tiring of the politician's grandiloquent speech. In the end, the few that remained to listen to him were his close associates.
  • The writer made it a point to avoid being grandiloquent in his writing. Instead he wrote a style in which no word was excessive and no word could be replaced by a simpler word.
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