Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by greatness of scope or intent; grand.
  • adjective Characterized by excessive self-importance or affected grandeur; pompous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; -- in a good sense.
  • adjective Characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor; flaunting; turgid; bombastic; -- in a bad sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
  • adjective pompous or pretentious

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

  • adjective affectedly genteel
  • adjective impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Italian grandioso, from grande, great, from Latin grandis.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French grandiose, from Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis ("great, grand") (English grand).

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • to be grandiose is to display an exaggerated manner

    August 13, 2007

  • grandiose & grandiosity: characterized by greatness of scope or intent. Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; -- in a good sense. at times i suffer from grandiosity. inflated sense of self. it does not mean what i am feeling and the expressions of myrself are not real or true or on the negative side of grandiose.

    May 5, 2012