Definitions

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

  • adjective Exceedingly lofty or exalted.
  • adjective Highly pretentious or inflated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Raised to a high pitch; elevated; elated.
  • Enthusiastic; extravagant; bombastic.

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

  • adjective Elevated; proud.
  • adjective Turgid; extravagant; bombastic; inflated.

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

  • adjective pretentiously eloquent; highly figurative
  • adjective lofty, extravagant, refined

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

  • adjective pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
  • adjective of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

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Examples

  • Grayling does himself no favors with his foreword, here called an Epistle, which is written in such a grand, high-flown style and with such immodest ambition "its aspiration and aim the good for humanity and the good of the world" that a casual reader might even call it a sin of pride.

    Michael Giltz: The Bible 2.0? A Humanist Bible Lays Down The Gauntlet

  • Grayling does himself no favors with his foreword, here called an Epistle, which is written in such a grand, high-flown style and with such immodest ambition "its aspiration and aim the good for humanity and the good of the world" that a casual reader might even call it a sin of pride.

    Michael Giltz: The Bible 2.0? A Humanist Bible Lays Down The Gauntlet

  • You sense that he doesn't relish conversation about high-flown topics such as the role of the artist in society—maybe because he now shuns the obvious rhetorical gesture in his speech just as he does in his art.

    For Baldessari, Art Imitates Art

  • Grayling does himself no favors with his foreword, here called an Epistle, which is written in such a grand, high-flown style and with such immodest ambition "its aspiration and aim the good for humanity and the good of the world" that a casual reader might even call it a sin of pride.

    Michael Giltz: The Bible 2.0? A Humanist Bible Lays Down The Gauntlet

  • Ms. Albers explains attractions and aesthetic influences in terms of high-flown parallels.

    A Fiercely Gifted Artist

  • The day after President Obama's big yearly speech to Congress and the American people, most pundits and talking-head types in the media are vying to outdo each other on stating "what it all means" or similar high-flown overanalysis.

    Chris Weigant: Obama's New Ideas

  • The day after President Obama's big yearly speech to Congress and the American people, most pundits and talking-head types in the media are vying to outdo each other on stating "what it all means" or similar high-flown overanalysis.

    Chris Weigant: Obama's New Ideas

  • He collects antique Samurai swords, has owned a pet cobra and speaks with a high-flown Massachusetts Brahmin accent.

    The Artlessness Of Art Thieves

  • The day after President Obama's big yearly speech to Congress and the American people, most pundits and talking-head types in the media are vying to outdo each other on stating "what it all means" or similar high-flown overanalysis.

    Chris Weigant: Obama's New Ideas

  • Grayling does himself no favors with his foreword, here called an Epistle, which is written in such a grand, high-flown style and with such immodest ambition "its aspiration and aim the good for humanity and the good of the world" that a casual reader might even call it a sin of pride.

    Michael Giltz: The Bible 2.0? A Humanist Bible Lays Down The Gauntlet

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