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bombastic

Line breaks: bom|bas¦tic
Pronunciation: /bɒmˈbastɪk
 
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Definition of bombastic in English:

adjective

High-sounding but with little meaning; inflated: bombastic rhetoric bombastic music that drowned out what anyone was saying
More example sentences
  • Johnson's expression is manly, vigorous, grandiloquent and bombastic.
  • Given the star's history of bombastic public behavior, she may be greeted with skepticism about her intent.
  • The exchanges themselves are unsubtle and bombastic.
Synonyms
verbose, wordy, turgid, periphrastic, euphuistic, orotund, pleonastic, high-flown, high-sounding, highfalutin, lofty, overwrought, convoluted;
pretentious, affected, ostentatious, grandiloquent, magniloquent, fustian

Derivatives

bombastically

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Pronunciation: /-ˈbastɪk(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Predictably, he bombastically announced yesterday: ‘We have nothing to hide.’
  • People used to laugh when the Chancellor bombastically promised to end boom and bust: it was once the natural British economic weather.
  • William often bombastically claimed to be the man who took the decisions.

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