bombastic


bombastic
bombastic [bäm bas′tik]
adj.
using or characterized by high-sounding but unimportant or meaningless language; pompous; grandiloquent
bombastically
adv.
SYN.- BOMBASTIC refers to speech or writing that is pompous and inflated and suggests extravagant verbal padding and little substance; GRANDILOQUENT suggests an overreaching eloquence and implies the use of grandiose, high-flown language and an oratorical tone; FLOWERY language is full of figurative and ornate expressions and high-sounding words; EUPHUISTIC is applied to an extremely artificial style of writing in which there is a straining for effect at the expense of thought; TURGID implies such inflation of style as to obscure meaning

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  • Bombastic — Bom*bas tic (b[o^]m*b[.a]s t[i^]k or b[u^]m*b[.a]s t[i^]k), Bombastical Bom*bas tic*al, a. Characterized by bombast; high sounding; inflated. {Bom*bas tic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] A theatrical, bombastic, windy phraseology. Burke. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bombastic — (adj.) 1704, inflated, from BOMBAST (Cf. bombast) + IC (Cf. ic). Meaning given to bombastic language is from 1727 …   Etymology dictionary

  • bombastic — index flatulent, fustian, grandiose, orotund, pretentious (pompous), prolix, turgid Burton s Legal Thesau …   Law dictionary

  • bombastic — grandiloquent, magniloquent, *rhetorical, aureate, flowery, euphuistic Analogous words: *inflated, turgid, tumid: verbose, diffuse, *wordy: eloquent, voluble, fluent, articulate, *vocal Contrasted words: temperate, unimpassioned, *sober: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bombastic — [adj] pompous, grandiloquent aureate, balderdash, big talking*, declamatory, euphuistic, flowery, full of hot air*, fustian, grandiose, highfalutin*, high flown, histrionic, inflated, loudmouthed, magniloquent, orotund, ostentatious, overblown,… …   New thesaurus

  • bombastic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ grandiose but with little meaning. DERIVATIVES bombastically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • bombastic — bombastically, adv. /bom bas tik/, adj. (of speech, writing, etc.) high sounding; high flown; inflated; pretentious. Also, bombastical. [1695 1705; BOMBAST + IC] Syn. pompous, grandiloquent, turgid, florid, grandiose. BOMBASTIC, FLOWERY,… …   Universalium

  • bombastic — bom|bas|tic [bɔmˈbæstık US ba:m ] adj [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: bombast bombastic language (16 21 centuries), from Old French bombace soft material for filling something , from Medieval Latin bombax cotton ] bombastic language contains long words …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bombastic — [[t]bɒ̱mbæ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as bombastic, you are criticizing them for trying to impress other people by saying things that sound impressive but have little meaning. He was vain and bombastic. ...the… …   English dictionary


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