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  • adj. bombastic


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  • In serious truth we are persuaded that the fulsome, bombastical ridiculous stateliness of some actors, tends to bring tragedy into disrepute, to deprive it of its high preeminence, and must ultimately disgust the multitude with some of the noblest productions of the human mind.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810

  • In this _hero_ who is sometimes as bombastical as ancient Pistol, and sometimes as ridiculous as a buffoon, the author attempts to be droll, and

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 1

  • The Rev. J.H. H.lpin was not far from the truth in saying that "Florio was beset with tempers and oddities which exposed him more perhaps than any man of his time to the ridicule of his contemporaries"; and that "he was in his literary career, jealous, vain, irritable, pedantic, bombastical, petulant, and quarrelsome, ever on the watch for an affront, always in the attitude of a fretful porcupine."

    Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592

  • Her social training and natural perception raised her to a height to measure the bombastical and distinguish it from the eloquently lofty.

    The Tragic Comedians — Volume 1

  • I need hardly say these bombastical phrases did not elevate his general dialect: they lay fearfully distinct upon the surface, "like lumps of marl upon a barren soil, encumbering the ground they could not fertilize."

    White Lies

  • At the same time this was in itself so thoroughly genuine and enjoyable, and had in it such quickness and keenness of insight, that of its kind it was unrivalled; and it enabled him to present in Bobadil, after a richly coloured picture of bombastical extravagance and comic exaltation in the earlier scenes, a contrast in the later of tragical humility and abasement, that had a wonderful effect.

    The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete

  • This school was remarkable for the most extravagant license and bombastical nonsense, a sad proof of the moral perversion of the age.

    Germany from the Earliest Period Volume 4

  • Would he frighten me with his bombastical nonsense?

    Antar :

  • Tomkins looked at the title page: he certainly had read part of it; but could not recollect any passage calculated to excite any other tears, than such as "the passion of loud laughter might have shed," at the high-flown, bombastical nonsense with which it was filled.

    Rachel: a Tale

  • The tone of expression is by turns flat or madly bombastical; not unfrequently both at the same time: in short, this poet resembles a man who walks upon stilts in a morass.

    Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature


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