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[bom-bas-tik] /bɒmˈbæs tɪk/
(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
Also, bombastical.
Origin of bombastic
First recorded in 1695-1705; bombast + -ic
Related forms
bombastically, adverb
unbombastic, adjective
unbombastically, adverb
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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