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rodomontade

[rod-uh-mon-teyd, -tahd, -muh n-, roh-duh-]
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noun
  1. vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.
adjective
  1. bragging.
verb (used without object), rod·o·mon·tad·ed, rod·o·mon·tad·ing.
  1. to boast; brag; talk big.

Origin of rodomontade

1605–15; < Middle French < Italian Rodomonte, the boastful king of Algiers in Orlando Innamorato and Orlando Furioso + Middle French -ade -ade1
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Examples from the Web for rodomontade

Historical Examples

  • Slang is nowadays very often the only vehicle by which rodomontade may be avoided.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Lily said, "Yes, it was so," without at all understanding what he meant by his rodomontade.

    London's Heart

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

  • It is amusing to trace Mr. Gosse's rodomontade to its source.

    Ephemera Critica

    John Churton Collins

  • They did so; and a day it was, of boast, and swagger, and rodomontade.

  • His old passion for a theatrical piece of rodomontade was not yet subdued.


British Dictionary definitions for rodomontade

rodomontade

noun
    1. boastful words or behaviour; bragging
    2. (as modifier)rodomontade behaviour
verb
  1. (intr) to boast, bluster, or rant

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian rodomonte a boaster, from Rodomonte the name of a braggart king of Algiers in epic poems by Boiardo and Ariosto
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Word Origin and History for rodomontade

n.

1610s (earlier rodomontado, 1590s), "vain boasting like that of Rodomonte," character in Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso." In dialectal Italian the name means literally "one who rolls (away) the mountain."

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