orotund

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From Latin ōre rotundō (with a round mouth) hence “clear, loud”, from ōs (mouth) + rotundus (round).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɔːɹətʌnd/
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orotund (comparative more orotund, superlative most orotund)

  1. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound.
  2. Pompous; bombastic.
    • 1990, Robert Klitgaard, Tropical Gangsters: One Man's Experience with Development and Decadence in Deepest Africa
      In orotund turns of phrase—indeed, in spiraling helices of phrase; in snarled fishing lines of phrase; in endless small intestines of phrase--the speakers ingeniously explored and invented connections between qwerty, alphabetical filing, and socioeconomic advance.
    • 2004 October 31, Anthony Quinn, “'The Line of Beauty': The Last Good Summer”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      [] the half-facetious, half-adoring tributes Nick pays to his famously orotund late style, the "plums of periphrasis" Nick likes to slip into his conversation.

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