- affectedly grand or important; pompous: grandiose words.
- more complicated or elaborate than necessary; overblown: a grandiose scheme.
- grand in an imposing or impressive way.
- Psychiatry. having an exaggerated belief in one's importance, sometimes reaching delusional proportions, and occurring as a common symptom of mental illnesses, as manic disorder.
Origin of grandiose
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Examples from the Web for grandiose
I suspect he chose the Dred Scott comparison precisely because of its overblown, grandiose nature.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
Months after his arrest, he was online acting out a grandiose identity.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
October 3, 2014
It did not feature outsized personalities or grandiose schemes.Virginia’s Ex-Governor Is a Political Crook For Our Times
September 4, 2014
Songs about grandiose generalities are well and good; that's what a lot of pop music consists of.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
After the march, the political convoy of picket-signs makes its way to a grandiose fast-food joint for pizza and beer.Argentina’s Drag & Drop Democracy
March 12, 2014
But the speech was sufficiently emphatic, and its words were grandiose and even florid.The Eternal City
Tomas Castro dropped his ragged cloak with a grandiose gesture.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
His grandfather a painter of the grandiose or Michael Angelo school.The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
It was a supreme opportunity for being able to display his grandiose achievements.Debts of Honor
Berlioz was above all the composer of the grandiose, the magnificent.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
- pretentiously grand or stately
- imposing in conception or execution
Word Origin and History for grandiose
1828 (earlier as a French word in English), from French grandiose "impressive" (18c.), from Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis "big" (see grand (adj.)). Related: Grandiosely.