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braggadocio Line breaks: brag¦ga|do¦cio
Pronunciation: /ˌbraɡəˈdəʊtʃɪəʊ/

Definition of braggadocio in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Boastful or arrogant behaviour.
Example sentences
  • With all the flashy braggadocio behaviour and senseless acts of violence, believe it or not, there's also a downside to wrestling.
  • The overriding impression is one of mayhem, machismo, bluster and braggadocio.
  • The requisite clowning, braggadocio and hip-hop historicism are in place and well articulated, and an unprecedented, post-9/11 political pique has surfaced.

Origin

Late 16th century (denoting a boaster): from Braggadocchio, the name of a braggart in Spenser's The Faerie Queene, from brag or braggart + the Italian suffix -occio, denoting something large of its kind.

Words that rhyme with braggadocio

capriccio • Palladio

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