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clap·trap

 (klăp′trăp′)
n.
Pretentious, insincere, or empty language: "I hate ... that air / Of claptrap, which your recent poets prize" (Byron).

[Obsolete claptrap, a theatrical trick to win applause : clap + trap.]

claptrap

(ˈklæpˌtræp)
n
1. contrived but foolish talk
2. insincere and pretentious talk: politicians' claptrap.
[C18 (in the sense: something contrived to elicit applause): from clap1 + trap1]

clap•trap

(ˈklæpˌtræp)

n.
1. pretentious and insincere or empty language.
2. any artifice or expedient for winning applause.
[1720–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.claptrap - pompous or pretentious talk or writingclaptrap - pompous or pretentious talk or writing
grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric - high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation; "the grandiosity of his prose"; "an excessive ornateness of language"

claptrap

noun (Informal) nonsense, rubbish, rot, crap (slang), garbage (informal), trash, bunk (informal), bullshit (taboo slang), balls (taboo slang), bull (slang), shit (taboo slang), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), flannel (Brit. informal), pap, cobblers (Brit. taboo slang), bilge (informal), humbug, drivel, twaddle, tripe (informal), affectation, guff (slang), blarney, bombast, moonshine, insincerity, hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), piffle (informal), poppycock (informal), bosh (informal), eyewash (informal), tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang), bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) He talks a lot of pretentious claptrap.

claptrap

noun
1. Pretentious, pompous speech or writing:
2. Something that does not have or make sense:
Informal: tommyrot.
Translations

claptrap

[ˈklæptræp] N (pej) → burradas fpl, disparates mpl

claptrap

[ˈklæptræp] nbaratin m

claptrap

n (inf)Geschwafel nt (inf)

claptrap

[ˈklæpˌtræp] n (pej, fam) → chiacchiere fpl, sciocchezze fpl
References in classic literature ?
As to the great service," said Carton, "I am bound to avow to you, when you speak of it in that way, that it was mere professional claptrap, I don't know that I cared what became of you, when I rendered it.
The foursome find themselves caught in the crosshairs of a deadly civil war between the Hyperion Corporation's well-armed armadas and the ever-amassing army of homicidal Claptraps led by one of the most eagerly awaited characters in the franchise's history - the cunning Ninja Assassin.
Spain was a conservative, Catholic, peasant country too, yet whereas Franco had his heroic mausoleums and the other claptraps of mid-century fascism, Salazar, dictator from 1932 to 1968, seems to have preferred a small-scale, sentimental, washed-out Classicism in his buildings, creating an effect in his public works rather as if Oliver Hill had sold his soul to Oswald Mosley.