(Greek: Greek herald in the Trojan war [Greek mythology]; powerful voice [literally, "groaner, roarer"])

stentor (s) (noun), stentors (pl)
1. The mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes.

Stentor was said to have a voice "as loud as that of fifty other men together".

2. A speaker with an unusually resonant or thundering voice.
stentorian (adjective), more stentorian, most stentorian
1. Characteristic of vocalization that is very loud, powerful and declamatory in tone when speaking or singing: The first thing one notices about the choreographer and his opera choruses are the stentorian sopranos and basses in his performances and his razor-sharp talents.

Sometimes when having a class of unruly children, the teacher will need to use his or her stentorian enunciation in order to be heard above the uproar or clamor.
3. Etymology: from Ancient Greek Stentor who was the herald of the Greek forces in the Iliad, noted for his overwhelming voice and from Old English ├żunor, "thunder".

Relating to being powerful when speaking.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Conveying a loud warning.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Descriptive of producing an excessive sound when expressing oneself.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

stentorious (adjective), more stentorious, most stentorious
A voice which is deafening, ear piercing, and booming.
stentoriously (adverb), more sententiously, most stentoriously
A declamatory and dominant voice: Henry is indisputably one of the world's leading dramatic tenors, known for his unrivaled stentoriously singing.

Peter, deep in his sleep of innocence, was stentoriously breathing.

stentorophonic (adjective), more stentorophonic, most stentorophonic
1. Relating to speaking or sounding very harsh.
2. Resembling a voice that is high in volume or intensity.