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

  • adjective Pretentiously impressive; pompous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Resonant.
  • Of pompous or pretentious import; having an imposing sound: as, high-sounding titles.

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

  • adjective Pompous; noisy; ostentatious.

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

  • adjective Having an elevated or moralistic tone.
  • adjective Oratorial or even contrived sounding.

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

  • adjective pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

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