(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
- Also bom·bas·ti·cal .
- bom·bas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- un·bom·bas·tic, adjective
- un·bom·bas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use bombastic in a sentence
It opens with a bombastic set piece, but it was far less compelling than many of the little, dialogue-driven conflicts that arose.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat | Alec Kubas-Meyer | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Others seemed to be performing bombastic recitals of their grievances as if they were ill-trained actors or undercover agents.
In a TiVo age, who watches political ads anyway, no matter how specious or bombastic?
The yellow ticking clock that punctuates every episode of 24 is simultaneously bombastic, methodical, menacing, and relentless.‘Live Another Day’ Review: Can Jack Bauer Save ‘24’ From Itself? | Jason Lynch | May 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And most live music is bombastic, because that's the only way to make money in 2014.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party. | Andrew Romano | April 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And to think, in a moment of spite, I'd have given it to that bombastic warrior!Two Men of Sandy Bar | Bret Harte
I do not mean conventional superiority or bombastic assumption, but what you really believe to be good and noble.Ruth Hall | Fanny Fern
It is true that Culpeper's Herbal appeared later, but this bombastic work was of no botanical value.
He stands in violent contrast with the bombastic heroes of all times—modest, gentle-hearted, and always approachable.Our Standard-Bearer | Oliver Optic
Little drops of water is better than all 167 that bombastic stuff.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison