Definitions

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  • adj. Pompous or overly wordy.
  • adj. High-sounding but with little meaning.
  • adj. Inflated, overfilled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated; extravagant.
  • Synonyms Swelling, tumid, stilted, pompous, lofty, grandiloquent, high-flown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. ostentatiously lofty in style

Etymologies

Either from bombast ("padding, stuffing"), or from middle name of Paracelsus (Theophrastus Bombastus), who often used extremely arrogant speaking style. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Indonesian Forestry Ministry spokesman Ahmad Fauzi Masyhud said his office has not yet received the report, which he described as "bombastic."

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  • He was referring to the bombastic Transformers-style introduction ceremony the Heat held in the off-seasons with Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

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  • He contributed a great deal to the program with his ability to view engineering problems theoretically and mathematically and with his memorable teaching style, which was sometimes described as bombastic but nonetheless endeared him to students.

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  • Shark Tank (back on Friday at 9 p.m.), the Montreal native has become known as the bombastic investor who routinely dashes the dreams of budding entrepreneurs, quite often in the most withering manner imaginable.

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  • Your misuse, from my perspective, of the word bombastic really threw me off for some reason.

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  • I had not changed my intellectual belief as to my correspondent's behavior, but the impropriety of complicating an awkward business by placing myself in the wrong to the extent of losing my temper was so obvious that I blushed in recalling the bombastic periods of the torn composition.

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  • Chris Christie, a Republican whose style Malloy has called "bombastic," wants to end cost of living increases to state retirees.

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  • Some songs were clearly tailor-made to showcase his guitar prowess, namely a bombastic take on "Big Love" and a searing, extended solo on "I'm So Afraid."

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  • And what of dignity or meaning could be said? where talking of sacred subjects is not allowed, under the pretext that it scatters those blessings which should be carefully treasured up; and bestowing much information concerning the secular plans of economy practiced by your own to the other sex is not approved; and where to talk of literary matters would be termed bombastic pedantry and small display, and would serve to exhibit accomplishments which might be enticingly dangerous.

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  • He followed with a montage of euphemisms applied to Rahm by a pantheon of talking heads, who described him as "bombastic" and "brusque," said he "isn't afraid of breaking a little china," and "isn't a shrinking violet."

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  • pompous in speech or manner

    August 1, 2009

  • I'm guessing the first WeirdNet definition, 'ostentatiously lofty in style', isn't the one it has in mind in its definition of a rant. Either that or I should be refining my ranting style.

    December 7, 2008