• (Of the voice or phrasing) full, round, and imposing.
  • (Of writing, style, or expression) pompous or pretentious.

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Example Sentences

“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.”

Word Origin

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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