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Stentor +‎ -ian, from Ancient Greek Στέντωρ (Sténtōr). Stentor was the herald of the Greek forces in the Iliad, noted for his loud voice.


  • IPA(key): /stɛnˈtɔː.ɹi.ən/
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stentorian (comparative more stentorian, superlative most stentorian)

  1. (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!"
  2. (by extension) Stern, authoritarian; demanding of respect.