grandiosity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grandiosity high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation "the grandiosity of his prose","an excessive ornateness of language"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grandiosity The state or quality of being grandiose,
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grandiosity The condition or quality of being grandiose; bombastic or inflated style or manner.
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Quotations

  • Sigmund Freud
    Sigmund%20Freud
    “America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.”
  • Salvador Dali
    Salvador%20Dali
    “This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.”
  • Charles Bukowski
    Charles Bukowski
    “You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. grandiosité, It. grandiosità,

Usage

In literature:

His mere output was marvellous, and much of it on a grandiose scale.
"The Book of Art for Young People" by Agnes Conway
The whole scene is now more picturesque in a sublime and grandiose style than forbidding.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
The whole scene is now more picturesque in a sublime and grandiose style than forbidding.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
It is wholesome to strip the wrappings from grandiose things.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
His grandiose compensation has such dimensions as to gratify every imaginable wish of his.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
Pitt's strategy for the American campaign was spacious, not to say grandiose.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
He was the banker of at least a dozen grandiose programs of purification in the seventies and eighties.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
They are all grandiose and huge.
"My Contemporaries In Fiction" by David Christie Murray
The new Congressional Library now became my grandiose work-shop.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Before the King left Montenegro he found another opportunity for a grandiose attitude.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
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In news:

Opponents of artist Christo's grandiose plan to drape miles of fabric over the Arkansas River have sued the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Board over its decision to support the project.
After he promised to establish a moon base by the end of his second term as president, Newt Gingrich responded to earlier suggestions that he was grandiose.
Add some coziness to your grandiose great room.
A Lifetime Burning is far too grandiose a title for the 90 intermissionless minutes of Cusi Cram 's new play, the opening production in Primary Stages' 2009–10 season at 59E59 Theaters.
You might have thought, given past experience, that DC insiders would be on their guard against conservatives with grandiose plans.
There was serious debate about whether its grandiose scale should count against its "green" building science.
With Mexican drug lord's body missing, his grandiose mausoleum must wait.
Today, grandiosity is out of style.
The community was awed by the grandiose fireworks display offered on the 4th of July.
The production--subtle in some of its staging--also means to bowl you over with sheer grandiosity , and it succeeds.
For Chicago, no superlative too grandiose .
Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering he.
) It wasn't until the high-drama grandiosity of the music was combined with traditional Christmas themes that audiences caught on – and the people come i...
Once upon a time, the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs stood out like iconic beacons reaching toward the sky, alone and adorned with understated grandiosity.
President's use of grandiose term unprecedented.
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In science:

For the record we mention that more grandiose versions of the commutation theorems 4.2.2 and 5.2.1 can be obtained, by replacing the coplactic operations by the extended construction simulating jeu de taquin on all entry-ordinate pairs that was indicated in subsection 3.2.
Some bijective correspondences involving domino tableaux
Far more grandiose names have been used for far less substantial achievements.
Future Summary
If the probability of an accident is negligibly small, but the effects of the accident are grandiose and disastrous, then even an “infinitely” small probability cannot be neglected.
Thermo- and gas-dynamical processes in NPPs after accidents
Because of the expectation of incompleteness and fragmentation of the codifications in the differentiated system, the formal reflection cannot guide us as a grandiose metatheory.
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
Indeed, GRBs offer a most grandiose scenario to check and test the validity of this uniqueness theorem.
Fundamental physics from black holes, neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts
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