[ gran-dee-os-i-tee ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. the quality of being more complicated or elaborate than necessary:Hockey’s a great sport: gentlemanly and understated, with no fuss or grandiosity.

  2. 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.

Origin of grandiosity

First recorded in 1795–1805; from French grandiosité, from Italian grandiosità, equivalent to grandiose + -ity

Words Nearby grandiosity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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