bombastic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bombastic ostentatiously lofty in style "a man given to large talk","tumid political prose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Bombastic Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated. "A theatrical, bombastic , windy phraseology."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bombastic Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated; extravagant.
    • bombastic Synonyms Swelling, tumid, stilted, pompous, lofty, grandiloquent, high-flown.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bombastic high-sounding: inflated
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. bombax, cotton—Gr. bombyx, silk.

Usage

In literature:

The preposterous Ferdinand, shorn of his bombast, is only a chicken-hearted assassin.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
Now, when bombast comes in, nature goes out.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
But it is well to recognize the source of eloquence, which is to be distinguished from bombast and fustian.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
The style of the text is somewhat bombastic, and only calculated for effect.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
It is too bombastic to suit the character of Captain Barry.
"The Story of Commodore John Barry" by Martin Griffin
Only the after-event could prove whether this verbal display of fireworks was only bombast.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
And yet, his own prose was rhythmical, and often as tumid as the worst bombast in Macpherson.
"The Celtic Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, November 1875" by Various
The very bombast of them gives joy.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
This gifted and prolific creator, whose work was affected by the war, has frequently lapsed into bombast and a journalistic imperialism.
"Modern British Poetry" by Various
It was a trifle bombastic, and its composition appeared to me vague.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
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In poetry:

TOO long mere words have thralled us. Let us think!
Oh ponder, are we "free and equal" yet?
That July bombast, writ with blood for ink,
Is blurred with floods of unavailing sweat!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
The night's performance was "King John."
"It's dull," she wept, "and so-so!"
Awhile I let her tears flow on,
She said they soothed her woe so!
At length the curtain rose upon
'Bombastes Furioso.'
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll

In news:

Bombast , Bourbon and Burgoo.
Or pseudo-twee bombast meets intellectualized disco.
But more importantly, it was an attack on largeness and bombast in all its forms.
'Dark Knight Rises' disappointingly clunky, bombastic.
A slick, technically astonishing homage to the King of Pop suffers from narrative whiplash and a bombastic approach.
Though he's long since transcended his "Texas tenor" roots, David " Fathead " Newman's records still manage to consistently convey that big, flavorful Lone Star sound: booming but never bombastic, well-done but not overdone.
Hear 10 of her biggest songs, from the bombastic dance floor hits to the shadowy R&B cuts.
In 1929 Thomas Wolfe, big, bombastic and unkempt, strode into the literary world with a huge novel about the making of a genius: himself.
How can music so bombastic be so boring.
If you paid attention only to the Muse that played London's Summer Olympics, or to their new album's first song, the bombast the British trio is known for might dominate.
The critical left (Benjamin Buchloh, notably) dismissed him as a commercialy motivated purveyor of a bombastic nationalistic style.
SF team targets Bermuda's bombastic yellowfins on topwater.
While Metallica have only days before they have to turn in the mixes of S&M, the live album documenting last April's bombastic collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony (due out Nov 23), the mood at the Plant recording studio is upbeat.
The Katselas Theatre Company aims at the heights of the Tom Stoppard experience but doesn't always make it through the sound and fury of tedious bombast and earnest actors trying to sound like British actors playing British actors.
Were all about cannonballs and bombast in their video for 'Some Nights,' the title track of their breakout sophomore record.
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