(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
Traditionally, headsets are tuned to deliver bass-heavy audio that complements the bombastic experiences that games like Call of Duty and Madden provide.Audeze Mobius gaming headset review: Surround sound all around | Michael Epstein | August 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
It’s a place of bombastic contrast, from landscape to weather to wealth inequality.
Yes, there was, and it was Oliver Stone’s pompous and bombastic Vietnam drama.The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pictures of the past 45 years. | Dan Zak, Amy Argetsinger | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
The bombastic entrepreneur made the mistake of openly criticizing China’s regulators, accusing them of operating with a “pawnshop mentality” on stage at an industry conference.China’s ‘Amazon of services’ says it welcomes Beijing’s stricter oversight | eamonbarrett | December 1, 2020 | Fortune
Though her party has roots in Italy’s postwar neo-Fascist movement, Meloni has projected a more moderate and serious image during the coronavirus crisis than the bombastic Salvini and has started to gain significant ground in the centre of Italy.
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