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  • 1(of a person's voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full.

    ‘he read aloud with a sonorous and musical voice’
    • ‘The tall, square-jawed actor with a deep, sonorous voice made more than 50 films in a career spanning six decades.’
    • ‘Gifted with a remarkably deep and sonorous voice, Rashid Khan has excelled in almost all facets of singing.’
    • ‘Perhaps if the cast had stronger personalities and more sonorous voices, the production would have a less half-hearted effect.’
    • ‘The rich sonorous voice came from behind and above Sean.’
    • ‘That, of course, was the sonorous voice of Helen Thomas.’
    • ‘While his sonorous voice was a little daunting, it was counteracted by his articulate nature and respectful manner.’
    • ‘Most radio folk have beautiful, sonorous voices that make actually seeing them quite a letdown.’
    • ‘A man of sonorous voice seems to be ruminating on the nature of beauty.’
    • ‘When you respond to their outrageous demands, speak in the quiet and sonorous voice of reason.’
    • ‘What else can one expect with the rhythmic beats, sonorous sounds and the passion that emanated as they went about weaving magic ecstatically on their instruments.’
    • ‘The chimes were also brought onto the altar at Christmas only, to replace the rather sonorous sound of the gong.’
    • ‘The Chesterfield Kings he smoked made his voice sonorous and his throat clearing a bronchial event.’
    • ‘Possessing a sonorous and easy-to-listen-to voice, the recordings would be a good starting point for anyone interested in exploring different spiritual outlooks from around the globe.’
    • ‘The sonorous sounds of the synthesizer and guitar soon take over.’
    • ‘‘I wanted to be a politician,’ he says in that voice, sonorous, well-tempered, deceptively weary, every syllable pronounced for maximum just-so.’
    • ‘The boom of the bell and the drum calling everyone to pray at 4.30 in the morning had a powerful sonorous sound with an eerie mystical feel that was palpable, not imagined.’
    • ‘The great surprise is that out of this slim body, a sonorous, powerful voice emanates vibrating with a immense nuances of expression.’
    • ‘Music was an abiding interest and he had a fine singing as well as a sonorous speaking voice.’
    • ‘His voice used to be sonorous, melodious, and relaxing to her most of the time, but lately, he nearly always sounded impatient, stressed, or angry.’
    • ‘Peter Sculthorpe loves the cello's full, sonorous timbre and this recording strikingly demonstrates his expert use of it.’
    resonant, rich, sonorous, deep, full-bodied, vibrant, fruity, clear, loud, strong
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    1. 1.1Capable of producing a deep or ringing sound.
      ‘the alloy is sonorous and useful in making bells’
      • ‘Rich, warm string tone, sweet, elegant winds, and mellow, sonorous brass are the hallmarks of the ‘Saxony sound’.’
      resonant, rich, full, round, ringing, booming, vibrant, deep, clear, mellow, mellifluous, melodious, full-toned, orotund, full-bodied, fruity, strong, resounding, reverberating, reverberant, vibrating, pulsating
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    2. 1.2(of a speech or style) using imposing language.
      ‘he relished the sonorous words of condemnation’
      • ‘Redmayne's costume (an elegant gown with a high, beehive hairdo) gave him an aristocratic deportment which he emphasised with graceful movements and slow, sonorous speech.’
      • ‘He's developed a visceral revulsion toward his fellow humans, a profoundly misanthropic impulse that he dresses up in the sonorous language of ‘biophilia.’’
      • ‘Audiences may not always understand what doors King is trying to open, but they do respond to his sonorous language.’
      • ‘Dewar, who came to embody the thrifty character of the nation, had a vision which is encapsulated in those first six sonorous words.’
      • ‘Yet within a few short months, he was regarded by the press and the public as irreplaceable, the man who with a few choice words and sonorous phrases could transform the mood of an entire country and galvanise it to victory.’
      • ‘It can be summed up in the six sonorous words he himself wrote and which will be his epitaph: ‘There shall be a Scottish parliament.’’
      • ‘He had assembled a tremendous fighting force of sonorous words.’
      • ‘This phraseology is grandiose, rotund and sonorous, but signifies a fatal weakness in Walcott's approach to both Brand and Philip.’
      • ‘What it is doing is trying to hitchhike on those sonorous words that bring tears to the eyes of mothers every weekend.’
      • ‘In the sonorous words of Schiller: ‘The temples remained sacred to the eye of the beholder long after their Gods had become figures of fun.’’
      • ‘Those sonorous words did not emanate from Donald Graham or Arthur Sulzberger Jr., but from William Dean Singleton, one of the most controversial figures in the newspaper world.’
      • ‘She began chanting, the words sonorous and liquid.’
      • ‘After all, A Comedy Of Errors has a sonorous, declamatory opening.’
      • ‘The programme strained to be fair - and managed some intelligence and sonorous dialogue.’
      • ‘The Pindaric ode - which is typically passionate, visionary, and sonorous - is modelled on the lyrics of Pindar.’
      impressive, imposing, majestic, extravagant, grandiloquent, magniloquent, high-flown, high-sounding, lofty, rotund, orotund, bombastic, grandiose, pompous, pretentious, overblown, overripe, oratorical, rhetorical, turgid, flowery, florid, declamatory, Ciceronian
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/ˈsɒn(ə)rəs/ /səˈnɔːrəs/


Early 17th century from Latin sonorus (from sonor ‘sound’) + -ous.