Definitions

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

  • n. Pretentious boasting or bragging; bluster: "a detestable compound of vulgarity and rodomontade” ( John Morley).
  • adj. Pretentiously boastful or bragging.
  • intransitive v. To boast or brag; bluster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pretentiously boastful.
  • n. Vain boasting; a rant; pretentious behaviour.
  • v. To boast, brag or bluster pretentiously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Vain boasting; empty bluster or vaunting; rant.
  • intransitive v. To boast; to brag; to bluster; to rant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Vain boasting; empty bluster or vaunting; rant.
  • Bragging.
  • To boast; brag; bluster; rant.

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

  • n. vain and empty boasting

Etymologies

French, from Italian rodomontada, from Rodomonte, arrogant Saracen leader in Orlando Innamorato by Matteo Boiardo and Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A reference to Rodomonte, a character in Italian Renaissance epic poems Orlando innamorato and its sequel Orlando furioso. Compare rodomontado. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That is what is termed a rodomontade of equal foolishness to Gormless Gordon's 'decade of shared prosperity'.

    British Blogs

  • (Survey report 6801 summarizing Adm. 68/195, 156v, and other data in Adm. 68/194 and/196, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia; A letter of Carter's executors to Dawkins 1738 May 10 refers to "your ship Bailey.") [3] According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a "rodomontade" is "a vainglorious brag or boast; an extravagantly boastful or arrogant saying or speech."

    Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Athawes, July 31, 1731

  • I had to look up what rodomontade means and it means arrogant boasting blustering or ranting talk

    Think Diouf is vile? Listen to the fans | Kevin McKenna

  • We should try to memorize the meaning of rodomontade and use it in our everyday conversation.

    Think Diouf is vile? Listen to the fans | Kevin McKenna

  • Walpole from then on ridiculed GW, calling him a fanfaron braggart, and saying that he soon “learned to blush for his rodomontade.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • Ditch the shining rhetoric that lets politicians, with tongues of boughten silver, give Tiffany settings to rhinestone notions, decorate nonsense with bells of ringing phrases and frame their sorry bragging in glittering rodomontade.

    In Vino Veritas

  • Despite the author's appealing, quirky sense of humor, her tale disconcerts with tasteless rodomontade more than it describes the fraught challenges in the complex geography of her portfolio.

    C. Christine Fair: Baffled by The Taliban Shuffle

  • The power of poetry, and art in general, to connect us more deeply with ourselves, rather than the empty rodomontade and blather of public life, is fundamental to Merwin's mix of ecological and personal vision.

    W.S. Merwin, Hawaii-based poet, will serve as 17th U.S. laureate

  • If we cannot persuade the Iranians to abandon pursuit of nuclear capabilities, contrary to the rodomontade emanating from the White House and State, we will be unable to prevent them from doing so.

    Michael Hughes: Who Cares If Iran Goes Nuclear?

  • Her impression of him until then was of a vain, arrogant, cocksmen full of drunken rodomontade, too sure of his talent who'd told a friend "I must don my armour once more to play opposite Ms. Tits."

    Gabriel Byrne: A Review of Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Shoenberg

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  • Also spelt rhodomontade, a form I actually prefer because it means you're allowed to say it with pronounced trilled-r.

    August 15, 2008

  • From the name of a boastful character, Rodomonte, in the Orlando epics.

    December 4, 2007

  • Can a person "be" rodomontade? Wouldn't people showing off verbally be engaging in rodomontade?

    December 4, 2007

  • People who use big-sounding words like to think they have an innate sprachgefuhl; in reality, they're just being rodomontade.

    September 6, 2007