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Latin altus (adverb alte) high + loquens, p. pr. of loqui to speak.


altiloquent (comparative more altiloquent, superlative most altiloquent)

  1. Pompous, or pretentious in speech
    • 1976, John Gardner, Jason and Medeia, Ballantine Books
      [T]hey listened, dazzle-eyed- secretly making lists- to grandly romantic trash: bad poetry, stupid theology- altiloquent designs in the empty air.
    • 1921, Holman Day, All Wool Morrison, Kessinger Publishing
      He remembered that the politeness seemed too elaborate, too florid, altiloquent to the extent of insincerity.