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orotund (OR-uh-tund) adjective

1. Strong, clear, rich (as in voice or speech).

2. Pompous, bombastic.

[Contraction of Latin ore rotundo (with a round mouth), from ore, from os (mouth) + rotundo, from rotundus (round), from Indo-European root ret- (to run or roll). Other words derived from the same root are rodeo, roll, rotary, rotate, rotund, roulette, and round.]

"No one today even tries to emulate the orotund, Latinate manner of Dr Johnson or Burke, except perhaps as a comic affectation."
Edward Said; Living in Arabic; Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo, Egypt); Feb 12, 2004.

"Beaming his broad smile, Geoffrey Holder sets a few baby lettuce leaves and a slice of tomato on a plate. 'You must take chances, ad lib, im-pro-viiiisse,' he says, his orotund voice caressing the last word."
Dana Jacobi; Harmony in the Kitchen; Vegetarian Times (Glen Allen, Virginia); Jun 1, 2001.

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