- (of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
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Bombastic, flowery, pretentious, verbose all describe a use or a user of language more elaborate than is justified by or appropriate to the content being expressed. Bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed: a bombastic sermon on the evils of cardplaying. Flowery describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions: a flowery eulogy. Pretentious refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress: a pretentious essay designed to demonstrate one's sophistication. Verbose characterizes utterances or speakers that use more words than necessary to express an idea: a verbose speech, speaker.
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Related Wordsegotistically, ostentatiously, proudly, arrogantly, boastfully, bombastically, conceitedly, disdainfully, gaudily, imperiously, insolently, overbearingly, snobbishly, spectacularly, theatrically
Examples from the Web for bombastically
"And we'll do some shooting, if we have to," added Tad, bombastically.The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle
Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
"'Twas a feat worthy of Hubert himself," said the Sheriff, bombastically, to the Prince.Robin Hood
He was moody, excitable, he drank more brandy than I was prepared to; he talked most bombastically.The Crow's Nest
Clarence Day, Jr.
Word Origin and History for bombastically
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