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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Grandeur


GRAND'EUR, noun In a general sense, greatness; that quality or combination of qualities in an object, which elevates or expands the mind, and excites pleasurable emotions in him who views or contemplates it. Thus the extent and uniformity of surface in the ocean constitute grandeur; as do the extent, the elevation, and the concave appearance or vault of the sky. So we speak of the grandeur of a large and well proportioned edifice, of an extensive range of lofty mountains, of a large cataract, of a pyramid. etc.

1. Splendor of appearance; state; magnificence; as the grandeur of a court, of a procession. etc.

2. Elevation of thought, sentiment or expression. We speak of the grandeur of conceptions, and of style or diction.

3. Elevation of mien or air and deportment.