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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."
"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
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