, from Stentor Ancient Greek ( Στέντωρ Sténtōr) + + . Stentor was the herald of the Greek forces in the -ian Iliad, noted for his loud voice.
stentorian ( comparative , more stentorian superlative ) most stentorian
( of a voice ) Loud, powerful, booming, suitable for giving speeches to large crowds.
1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VIII
There seemed no one to dispute his claims when he said, or rather shouted, in
stentorian tones: "I am Tsa. This is my she. Who wishes her more than Tsa?"
1922: James Joyce, Ulysses,
The Irish Caruso-Garibaldi was in superlative form and his
stentorian notes were heard to the greatest advantage in the time-honoured anthem sung as only our citizen can sing it.
1938: William Faulkner, The Unvanquished,
Giving us a last embracing and comprehensive glance he drew it, already pivoting Jupiter on the tight snaffle; his hair tossed beneath the cocked hat, the sabre flashed and glinted; he cried, not loud yet
stentorian: "Trot! Canter! Charge!"
( by extension ) Stern, authoritarian; demanding of respect.
of a voice suitable for giving speeches to large crowds