American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Pretentious, insincere, or empty language: "I hate ... that air/Of claptrap, which your recent poets prize” ( Byron).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
- n. Figuratively, an artifice or device to elicit applause or gain popularity; deceptive show or pretense.
- Designing or designed merely to win approval or catch applause.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
- n. A trick or device to gain applause, especially pretentious but empty rhetoric; humbug.
- adj. Contrived for the purpose of making a show, or gaining applause; deceptive; unreal.
- n. pompous or pretentious talk or writing
- Theater slang, c. 1730, from clap and trap, referring to theatrical techniques or gags used to incite applause. (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete claptrap, a theatrical trick to win applause : clap1 + trap1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Trying to shame me with religious claptrap is less useful than tits on a boar.”
“For those who believe this claptrap from the likes of Al Gore and his climate change scientific wizards, than go right now and junk your vehicles and walk, move out of your carbon polluting homes and live in a tent or find a cave.”
“This claptrap is ideological, rigid and disconnected from reality:”
“This claptrap is ideological, rigid and disconnected from reality.”
“If I understand Dispensational theology (and that may not even be possible, given the inherent contradictions and outright nonsense with which such premillennial claptrap is imbued), the coming of the "anti-Christ" should be a good thing, since it presages The Rapture, wherein the Righteous are bodily ascended into heaven, leaving the rest of us heathens and unbelievers to live in peace, once and for all.”
“But how do we know that this tells us any more than that a large pile of illogical claptrap is related to a small pile of neurons?”
“Whoever writes this claptrap is truly stupid – and you are doubly stupid for reporting it.”
“Why the need for this emotive claptrap, which is mostly not actually relevant to the comments here?”
“(This is the meaning of the word "claptrap" BTW; claptrap is a planted line you are forced to applaud for.)”
“White flag of surrender" is the kind of claptrap that even NASCAR dads reject at this point.”
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