Definition of high-flown in English:

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high-flown

Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌflōn/

adjective

(Especially of language or ideas) extravagant and lofty.
Example sentences
  • The language they used was high-flown - some would say overblown.
  • It is tempting under the current circumstances to rush down from our high ground and have a right old go at the BBC - perhaps using rather high-flown and intemperate language.
  • Viewed in this light, his high-flown rhetoric about the timeless values of freedom and democracy can seem an abstraction fit only for university debating halls.
Synonyms
grand, extravagant, elaborate, flowery, lofty, ornate, overblown, overdone, overwrought, grandiloquent, magniloquent, grandiose, orotund, inflated, high-sounding;
affected, pretentious, bombastic, pompous, turgid
informal windy, purple, highfalutin, la-di-da

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Syllabification: high-flown

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