- the quality or state of being impressive or awesome: the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains.
- the quality or state of being lofty or elevated in conception or treatment: the grandeur of a prose style.
- the quality or state of being exalted in some deliberate way: the grandeur of a royal court.
- an instance of something that is grand: the grandeurs of Rembrandt's paintings.
Origin of grandeur
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Examples from the Web for grandeur
There is a sense of grandeur in the idea that paying heavily is a means of advancing knowledge.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 1-7, 2014
December 7, 2014
The dresses—their classiness and grandeur--spoke for themselves.Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta, American Great, Dead at 82
October 21, 2014
It also protects the individual against egotism and delusions of grandeur.New Year’s Reading List: Books to Transform Your Sad Life
January 1, 2014
And he just kept doing it with a persistence that is a grandeur.Lou Reed Lives! Why the Man With the Rock ‘n’ Roll Heart Isn’t Dead
October 28, 2013
Russian worldview is almost entirely based on myths and combines delusions of grandeur with paranoia.How Russians Forget Their Own Past
April 3, 2013
There is a grandeur in the ruin to be enjoyed, as well as a scene of beauty from its towers.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
In certain elements of grandeur none other can compete with it.In the Heart of Vosges
These are the bits of our life which I enjoy; which have some poetry, some grandeur in them.Heroes of the Telegraph
Mr Mould and his men had not exaggerated the grandeur of the arrangements.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
The poem is full of pathos and humour; full of beauty and grandeur, earnestness and truth.A Dish Of Orts
- personal greatness, esp when based on dignity, character, or accomplishments
- magnificence; splendour
- pretentious or bombastic behaviour
Word Origin and History for grandeur
c.1500, "loftiness, height," from Middle French grandeur "grandness, greatness," Old French grandor (12c.), from grand "great" (see grand (adj.)). Extended sense of "majesty, stateliness" is first recorded 1660s.