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bombastic

[bom-bas-tik]
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adjective
  1. (of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
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Also bom·bas·ti·cal.

Origin of bombastic

First recorded in 1695–1705; bombast + -ic
Related formsbom·bas·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·bom·bas·tic, adjectiveun·bom·bas·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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pompous, grandiloquent, turgid, florid, grandiose.

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Bombastic, flowery, pretentious, verbose all describe a use or a user of language more elaborate than is justified by or appropriate to the content being expressed. Bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed: a bombastic sermon on the evils of cardplaying. Flowery describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions: a flowery eulogy. Pretentious refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress: a pretentious essay designed to demonstrate one's sophistication. Verbose characterizes utterances or speakers that use more words than necessary to express an idea: a verbose speech, speaker.
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Examples from the Web for bombastic

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Historical Examples

  • Besides all which, even the report of his wealth seemed to him, he said, bombastic nonsense.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • His language in those telegrams and letters was highfaluting and bombastic.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • It was bombastic stuff, but my blind, boyish belief in it gave it dignity.

  • And to think, in a moment of spite, I'd have given it to that bombastic warrior!

  • There is a great deal of ostentation and bombastic pomp about it.

    Venice

    Dorothy Menpes


Word Origin and History for bombastic

adj.

1704, "inflated," from bombast + -ic. Meaning "given to bombastic language" is from 1727.

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