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Definition pleasing to the ear
  • said in a mellifluous baritone voice
  • The hostess had a husky, mellifluous voice and greeted the doctor by name.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He hymned the old unhappy wars in which he had been Achilles and the mellifluous Nestor, yet gone his righteous ways unheeded by the cruel kings....
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She also felt secure in the easy mellifluousness of her accent, attractively Viennese.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Any bard who possessed such a mellifluous instrument would have his name praised throughout the land as a master of masters.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Chang was at his most mellifluous.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The engines crooned mellifluously as McWatt throttled back to loiter and allow the rest of the planes in his flight to catch up.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A mellifluous voice, as I am true knight.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Though her French accent was so much part of her that it remained, all the mellifluousness of her manner left her when she was engaged in teaching.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • "Well, and have we a fair wind?" cried my uncle, in his most mellifluous accents.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • He extended his hand, his English refined, mellifluous under his Swiss intonation.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The Father [mellifluously].
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • The man's southern accent disappeared, and his voice morphed into a deeper, mellifluous whisper.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Taxilinga is mellifluous babble with a few harsh foreign sounds, like butter spiced with broken glass.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Several elves sat high in the trees, playing mellifluous tunes on their reed pipes, while others stared at the sky with peaceful expressions-neither awake nor asleep.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • A mellifluous female voice on the loudspeaker announced the arrival of a southbound train at gate B. "That's B as in Bubba," the voice said, which Denny found slightly odd.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Dr. Randolph Gates found a relentless wave on which to ride, a mellifluous voice with which to speak, and a growing acerbic vocabulary to match the dawning new era.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Not because of the wrinkles, and the face so old it could not be alive, but because out of the toothless mouth came the strong, mellifluent voice of a twenty-year-old girl.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The only difference is that the officers don't wear their ranks on their uniforms: they write them after their names and announce them in the degree to which their speech is pompous, mellifluous, and monotonous.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • As they listen to the speech, King's mellifluous voice carrying out over the reflecting pools between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the audience knows in their hearts that King will rally them to greatness.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy

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