high-sounding


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high-sound·ing

(hī′soun′dĭng)
adj.
Pretentiously impressive; pompous: high-sounding oratory.

high-sounding

adj
another term for high-flown

high′-sound`ing



adj.
having an impressive or pretentious sound; grand: high-sounding titles.
[1550–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.high-sounding - pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals); "high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school"; "a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"

high-sounding

adjective
Characterized by language that is elevated and sometimes pompous in style:
Translations

high-sounding

[ˌhaɪˈsaʊndɪŋ] ADJaltisonante

high-sounding

[ˌhaɪˈsaʊndɪŋ] adj (speech, ideas) → altisonante; (language) → ampolloso/a
References in classic literature ?
It was also interesting to note how many big books some of them had studied, and how many high-sounding subjects some of them claimed to have mastered.
I soon learned that most of them had the merest smattering of the high-sounding things that they had studied.
Cide Hamete Benengeli, the Arab and Manchegan author, relates in this most grave, high-sounding, minute, delightful, and original history that after the discussion between the famous Don Quixote of La Mancha and his squire Sancho Panza which is set down at the end of chapter twenty-one, Don Quixote raised his eyes and saw coming along the road he was following some dozen men on foot strung together by the neck, like beads, on a great iron chain, and all with manacles on their hands.
Fraud and robbery are high-sounding words--justified, you think, by a fancied resemblance in some young imp to an idle daub of a dead man's Brother
Sometimes he would sit backward, with his face to the horse's tail and sides, and then, with a whoop and a somerset, come right side up in his place again, and, drawing on a grave face, begin to lecture Andy in high-sounding tones for laughing and playing the fool.
I am sick, sick, sick, even unto death, Of the hollow and high-sounding vanities Of the populous Earth
That this barefooted beachcomber should possess such high-sounding dignity was inconceivable.
Refuse to be enticed by empty philosophies and high-sounding powers of this world, choosing to follow Jesus instead (v.
What we're going to wind up with, I feel safe in predicting, are more high-sounding generalizations that plainly panderto the pollution machine that mucks us up to our ears (70,000 tons in one year alone) and renders the great St.
To make brave, high-sounding rallying cries is easy, but to sign up for independence when knowing all the pros and cons is vastly different.
MN - (e-mail address supplied) A mish-mash of half-baked ideas Dear Sir, Gulf Times The letter "Importance of brain education" (, November 19) is just a string many high-sounding words which absolutely do not convey anything.
8 ( ANI ): With Narendra Modi emphasizing that the Gujarat model of development was a success because of empowerment of women, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat on Monday alleged that the women of this country have seen the hatred-filled politics, which the former represents, and they can never ever give any credibility to just high-sounding statements.