A few weeks later the target of his bombast had been expanded to all mental health patients.
No question Chris Christie does bombast well—arguably a little too well.
In the midst of all her bombast, I suddenly saw her as the sad, lonely old woman she was.
The line captures the intriguing paradox that is West, a mélange of petulance, bombast, unintentional—or intentional?
bombast was trumping originality and critics were at the end of their ropes with it.
No one can for a moment doubt that her feelings are real, but neither can the turgidity and bombast of her language be denied.
Its boyishness and immaturity, its stiffness and bombast, are perceptible on every page.
The preposterous Ferdinand, shorn of his bombast, is only a chicken-hearted assassin.
And never was I more frightened than when uttering that bombast.
It is the difference between reality and sham, bravery and bombast.
1560s, "cotton padding," corrupted from earlier bombace (1550s), from Old French bombace "cotton, cotton wadding," from Late Latin bombacem, accusative of bombax "cotton, 'linteorum aut aliae quaevis quisquiliae,' " a corruption and transferred use of Latin bombyx "silk," from Greek bombyx "silk, silkworm" (which also came to mean "cotton" in Medieval Greek), from some oriental word, perhaps related to Iranian pambak (modern panba) or Armenian bambok, perhaps ultimately from a PIE root meaning "to twist, wind." From stuffing and padding for clothes or upholstery, meaning extended to "pompous, empty speech" (1580s).
Also from the same source are Swedish bomull, Danish bomuld "cotton," and, via Turkish forms, Modern Greek mpampaki, Rumanian bumbac, Serbo-Croatian pamuk. German baumwolle "cotton" is probably from the Latin word but altered by folk-etymology to look like "tree wool." Polish bawełna, Lithuanian bovelna are partial translations from German.