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  • n. The state of being grandiose (pompous or pretentious).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being grandiose

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being grandiose; bombastic or inflated style or manner.

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

  • n. high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation


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  • And his grandiosity has been his defense, which is, you know, I'm a senator.

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