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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Definitions for rodomontade

  1. vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.
  2. bragging.
  3. to boast; brag; talk big.

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Citations for rodomontade
"The sloop I have the honour to command is always ready to put to sea," said Clonfert. That was mere rodomontade: no ship was always ready to put to sea unless she never used up any water, stores, powder or shot … Patrick O'Brian, The Mauritius Command, 1977
She knows what she's about; but he, poor fool, deludes himself with the notion that she'll make him a good wife, and because she has amused him with some rodomontade about despising rank and wealth in matters of love and marriage, he flatters himself that she's devotedly attached to him… Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, 1848
Origin of rodomontade
Rodomontade stems from the name of a boastful king, Rodomonte, in the Italian epic poems Orlando innamorato (1483) and Orlando furioso (1516). It entered English in the early 1600s.
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