- (Of the voice or phrasing) full, round, and imposing.
- (Of writing, style, or expression) pompous or pretentious.
“The alto soloist’s orotund voice filled the concert hall.”
“The tuba provides quite an orotund sound to any orchestra.”
“His letter to the editor came off as orotund and pretentious, rather than authoritative.”
Latin, late 18th century
Why this word?
In Latin, “ore rotundo” means “with rounded mouth.” “Orotund” combines the two Latin words into one for this adjective that refers to a full, round, imposing voice. When describing the written word, it means pompous and pretentious, rather than imposing.
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