Definition of Orotund

1. Adjective. Ostentatiously lofty in style. "Tumid political prose"

Exact synonyms: Bombastic, Declamatory, Large, Tumid, Turgid
Similar to: Rhetorical
Derivative terms: Bombast, Largeness, Turgidity, Turgidness

2. Adjective. (of sounds) full and rich. "Pear-shaped vowels"
Exact synonyms: Pear-shaped, Rotund, Round
Similar to: Full
Derivative terms: Roundness

Definition of Orotund

1. a. Characterized by fullness, clearness, strength, and smoothness; ringing and musical; -- said of the voice or manner of utterance.

Definition of Orotund

1. Adjective. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound. ¹

2. Adjective. Pompous; bombastic ¹

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Definition of Orotund

1. full and clear in sound [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Orotund

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orotic aciduria
orotidine-5'-phosphate decarboxylase
orotidine 5'-monophosphate
orotidylic acid
orotidylic acid decarboxylase
orotidylic acid phosphorylase
orotidylic acid pyrophosphorylase
orotracheal intubation
orotracheal tube
orotund (current term)
orphan asylum
orphan disease
orphan drug
orphan drug act
orphan drug production
orphan drugs

Literary usage of Orotund

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1. Choice Readings for Public and Private Entertainments and for the Use of edited by Robert McLean Cumnock (1913)
"\Vhat is the orotund voice, and wherein does it differ from the natural or ... The Natural and orotund voices are manufactured in the same way, ..."

2. New Science of Elocution: The Elements and Principles of Vocal Expression in by S. S. Hamill (1886)
"Effusive orotund. orotund, EFFUSIVE FORM—WHEN USED. The orotund in the Effusive Form is the quality of voice appropriate for the expression of sublimity, ..."

3. Orthophony; Or, The Cultivation of the Voice in Elocution by William Russell, James Edward Murdoch, George James Webb (1871)
"expansion of the organic parts, and a ringing fulness, round ness, and smoothness of sound.i "orotund" quality may, in one of its forms, (the shout,) be ..."

4. Orthophony: Or, The Cultivation of the Voice in Elocution. A Manual of by James Edward Murdoch, James Rush, George James Webb (1877)
"The effect of " effusive orotund," on the voice, is identical in its quality with the soft, but round and deep tone of a prolonged yawn, — a I'.irm of voice ..."

5. The Science of Elocution: With Exercises and Selections Systematically by S. S. Hamill (1881)
"To acquire control of the orotund, practice the following exercise with the freest opening of the vocal organs. Before repeating each element inhale a large ..."

6. The First-[sixth] Reader of the Popular Series by Marcius Willson (1882)
"The orotund. The orotund is also a pure quality of voice, in which the tones are full and musical, but rounder and deeper than the Pure Tone proper, ..."

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