American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by greatness of scope or intent; grand. See Synonyms at grand.
- adj. Characterized by feigned or affected grandeur; pompous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Impressive from inherent grandeur; grand in effect; magnificent; imposing.
- Characterized by self-display or bombast; vulgarly showy or flaunting; grandiloquent; swollen; turgid: as, a grandiose style.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; -- in a good sense.
- adj. Characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor; flaunting; turgid; bombastic; -- in a bad sense.
- adj. affectedly genteel
- adj. impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval
- From French grandiose, from Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis ("great, grand") (English grand). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian grandioso, from grande, great, from Latin grandis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But Wednesday's speech - which Gingrich himself called "grandiose" - could actually resonate politically in Florida, where space exploration is good politics 14 miles away from Cape Canaveral.”
“Desert landscapes with unspeakable monsters hiding in grandiose mysterious structures, a dread and a trembling for an amateur adventurer and a professional curiosity for Sean Connery-like types.”
“The main grandiose building covered with ceramic scenes glorifying Soviet achievements is closed.”
“The NBA opened its doors Sunday in grandiose Cowboys Stadium, and, in typical Texas style, put its greatest stars on the biggest stage ever to witness a basketball game.”
“ARLINGTON, Texas The NBA opened its doors Sunday in grandiose Cowboys Stadium, and, in typical Texas style, put its greatest stars on the biggest stage ever to witness a basketball game. —”
“In the presidential primaries, he showed little interest in grandiose promises.”
“Kane, who tended to describe his creations (and those of his colleagues when he claimed them for himself) in grandiose terms, stated in his memoir Batman and Me: Robin evolved from my fantasies as a kid of fourteen, when I visualized myself as a young boy fighting alongside my idol, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.”
“Hoffman considered the moniker grandiose and misleading.”
“He was referring to his grandiose future plans, and his tone was one of absolute, calm certainty.”
“So, in grandiose terms I suppose, these are the issues that I’m pondering as 2008 approaches and as I ready myself for the challenges and battles that lie ahead.”
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