January 03, 2013
stentorian (adjective)
\sten-TOR-ee-un\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: very loud
How do you use it?
Jackie always presses the "mute" button on the TV remote when the commercial featuring the spokesman with the stentorian voice appears on the screen.
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One of the answers below explains the origin of "stentorian" -- we made the rest up! How do you think the word "stentorian" originated?

The answer that yells "Pick me!" is B. The adjective "stentorian" is derived from the noun "stentor," meaning "a person having a loud voice." In the Greek poet Homer's epic _Iliad_, when the goddess Juno urges the Greeks to battle during the Trojan War, she is compared to a herald named Stentor, whose voice was noted for being uncommonly loud. In his translation of the _Iliad_, 18th-century English poet Alexander Pope describes Stentor as being endowed with "brazen lungs,/whose throat surpass'd the force of fifty tongues." Both the noun and the verb have been used in English since the beginning of the 17th century.
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