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Sono'rous. adj. [sonore, French; sonorus, Latin.]

  1. Loud sounding; giving loud or shrill sound. Bodies are distinguished as sonorous or unsonorous.

                All the while
    Sonorous metal blowing martial sounds;
    At which the universal host up-sent
    A shout that tore hell's concave.
    Milton's Paradise Lost.

  2. High sounding; magnificent of sound.

    The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarity of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression. Addison on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Latin (690)

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