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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.
Synonym Study
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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  • "And we'll do some shooting, if we have to," added Tad, bombastically.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
  • "'Twas a feat worthy of Hubert himself," said the Sheriff, bombastically, to the Prince.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • He was moody, excitable, he drank more brandy than I was prepared to; he talked most bombastically.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
Word Origin and History for bombastically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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