- affectedly grand or important; pompous: grandiose words.
- more complicated or elaborate than necessary; overblown: a grandiose scheme.
- grand in an imposing or impressive way.
- Psychiatry. having an exaggerated belief in one's importance, sometimes reaching delusional proportions, and occurring as a common symptom of mental illnesses, as manic disorder.
Origin of grandiose
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Examples from the Web for grandiosity
The essay itself seems an artifact of a dying tradition, and not just in its grandiosity.In Defense of Jonathan Franzen
September 26, 2013
“Grandiosity has never been a problem for Newt Gingrich,” said Santorum.Most Explosive GOP Debate Moment? Gingrich Blasts Media for Ex-Wife’s Report
The Daily Beast Video
January 20, 2012
Newt Gingrich had similar personnel problems, and his grandiosity makes her look humble.Did Sexism Do Michele Bachmann In?
January 5, 2012
Hollywood people have a curious mixture of grandiosity and insecurity.'The Artist,' 'Hugo,' and the History of Movies About Movies
December 28, 2011
But his remarkable combination of grandiosity, self-delusion, and brazen, utter, shameless chutzpah keeps him coming back.Paul Begala: Newt's Shameless Chutzpah Saves Him in Fox Debate
December 16, 2011
What wonder if the inaccessible meal took upon itself the grandiosity of a wedding feast!The King of Schnorrers
I hate throwing away money on mere pomposity and grandiosity and show.The Martian
George Du Maurier
It was of a grandiosity which appealed to the imagination, but not to the practical judgment of a far-sighted statesman.Ten Tudor Statesmen
Arthur D. Innes
That this grandiosity was unnatural and unreal was proved by the publication of Choses Vues.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
I went again when I graduated high school and was amazed by the richness of detail, the grandiosity and grandeur of it all.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
- pretentiously grand or stately
- imposing in conception or execution
Word Origin and History for grandiosity
1828 (earlier as a French word in English), from French grandiose "impressive" (18c.), from Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis "big" (see grand (adj.)). Related: Grandiosely.