the quality of seeming impressive or important in an artificial or deliberately pompous way; pretentiousness:These are mere bogus revolutionaries, high on the sound of their own voices and the silly grandiosity of their claims.
the quality of actually being imposing or impressive:Through the photographer's eyes these sprawling, well-known cities become worlds of extreme beauty, elegance, and grandiosity.
the quality of being more complicated or elaborate than necessary:Hockey’s a great sport: gentlemanly and understated, with no fuss or grandiosity.
Psychiatry. an exaggerated belief in one’s own importance, sometimes reaching delusional proportions, as a symptom of a mental illness such as manic disorder:Paranoiacs tend to carry a bit of guilt with their grandiosity—a sense of some great transgression that has made them a magnet for universal hostility.
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How to use grandiosity in a sentence
When this happens, some individuals resort to delusions of grandiosity to reassert their dignity and sense of self-worth.History’s famous delusions, those who believed them — and why | Lucinda Robb | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
Take delusions of grandiosity one step further and you get delusions of grandeur, one of the most widespread forms of delusion.History’s famous delusions, those who believed them — and why | Lucinda Robb | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
Like others do now, I once marveled at her audacity, at the way she plays by her own rules, at the grandiosity of her dreams, and at her ridiculous, outsized confidence.Anna ‘Delvey’ Sorokin Almost Ruined My Life. Now She’s Being Rewarded for Her Crimes | Rachel DeLoache Williams | February 10, 2022 | Time
While this song’s subject seems to adhere to that kind of grandiosity, Taylor offers a much more mundane love language that can nevertheless be just as powerful—of sitting around with someone, doing nothing, and still loving it.What's the Best Song on Red? Three Passionate Taylor Swift Fans Debate | Andrew R. Chow | November 11, 2021 | Time
At a movie theater, sometimes absurdity elevates into ambitious grandiosity.Counterpoint: Disney’s Girlboss ‘Cruella’ Actually Rules | Kevin Fallon | May 28, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Although Korra looks at PTSD and assault with supernatural grandiosity, fans were quick to pick up on it in some forums.
The essay itself seems an artifact of a dying tradition, and not just in its grandiosity.
“grandiosity has never been a problem for Newt Gingrich,” said Santorum.Most Explosive GOP Debate Moment? Gingrich Blasts Media for Ex-Wife’s Report | The Daily Beast Video | January 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Newt Gingrich had similar personnel problems, and his grandiosity makes her look humble.
Hollywood people have a curious mixture of grandiosity and insecurity.'The Artist,' 'Hugo,' and the History of Movies About Movies | Stephen Farber | December 28, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
I hate throwing away money on mere pomposity and grandiosity and show.The Martian | George Du Maurier
It was of a grandiosity which appealed to the imagination, but not to the practical judgment of a far-sighted statesman.Ten Tudor Statesmen | Arthur D. Innes
That this grandiosity was unnatural and unreal was proved by the publication of Choses Vues.Views and Reviews | William Ernest Henley
I went again when I graduated high school and was amazed by the richness of detail, the grandiosity and grandeur of it all.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom | Cory Doctorow
The grandiosity, to use a mild phrase, of such a measure needs no comment.Through the Mackenzie Basin | Charles Mair