Word of the Day: Stentorian

By Daniel Scocco

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Stentorian [stĕn-tôr’ē-ən] refers to something extremely loud or powerful, usually a voice. Stentor was a herald in the Iliad, and he had a powerful voice. That is where the term comes from.

The blatant disregard for Human Rights, the stentorian racism and unashamed nepotism displayed by Mugabe and his pathetic goons is allowed to continue because of some mystical allegiance to the old African leadership club. (The Economist)

Watching an avalanche from a distance or hearing the stentorian cracking boom of a calving iceberg are unforgettable experiences. (USA Today)

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2 Responses to “Word of the Day: Stentorian”

  • Linda Hammond

    Re: Word for the day…Stentorian. Should not your first sample sentence from The Economist have verb third person plural?

    “…disregard…racism…nepotism…are allowed…”

  • Bernadine

    Would you say that Stentorian has a negative connotation? Could it be used to describe a loud, powerful, good thing? The two examples seem to describe it as something ominously loud.

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