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bom·bast

 (bŏm′băst′)
n.
1. Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
2. Grandiose or overpowering expression, as in music or painting.

[Alteration of obsolete bombace, cotton padding, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bombax, bombac-, cotton; see bombazine.]

bom′bast′er n.
bom·bas′tic adj.
bom·bas′ti·cal·ly adv.
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bombast

(ˈbɒmbæst)
n
1. pompous and grandiloquent language
2. obsolete material used for padding
[C16: from Old French bombace, from Medieval Latin bombāx cotton; see bombacaceous]
bomˈbastic adj
bomˈbastically adv
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bom•bast

(ˈbɒm bæst)

n.
1. pompous oratory or pretentious writing.
2. Obs. cotton or other material used to stuff garments; padding.
adj.
3. Obs. bombastic.
[1560–70; earlier bombace padding < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombācem, acc. of bombāx; silk, cotton]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bombast - pompous or pretentious talk or writingbombast - 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"
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bombast

noun pomposity, ranting, bragging, hot air (informal), bluster, grandiosity, braggadocio, grandiloquence, rodomontade (literary), gasconade (rare), extravagant boasting, magniloquence There were men aboard who could not tolerate his bombast.
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bombast

noun
Pretentious, pompous speech or writing:
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Translations

bombast

[ˈbɒmbæst] N (= pomposity) → ampulosidad f, rimbombancia f; (= words) → palabras fpl altisonantes, rimbombancia f; (= boasts) → bravatas fpl
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bombast

nSchwulst m, → Bombast m
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bombast

[ˈbɒmbæst] nmagniloquenza
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References in classic literature ?
Thus the heroe is always introduced with a flourish of drums and trumpets, in order to rouse a martial spirit in the audience, and to accommodate their ears to bombast and fustian, which Mr Locke's blind man would not have grossly erred in likening to the sound of a trumpet.
He found that he could look back upon the brass and bombast of his earlier gospels and see them truly.
Ordinarily I am not given to long speeches, nor ever before had I descended to bombast, but I had guessed at the keynote which would strike an answering chord in the breasts of the green Martians, nor was I wrong, for my harangue evidently deeply impressed them, and their attitude toward me thereafter was still further respectful.
Athelny, with his powerful voice in the diminutive body, with his bombast, with his foreign look, with his emphasis, was an astonishing creature.
She saw the smile upon his lips, and it was as wine to sick nerves; for even upon warlike Barsoom where all men are brave, woman reacts quickly to quiet indifference to danger--to dare-deviltry that is without bombast.
Too often, however, Byron's passion and facility of expression issue in bombast and crude rhetoric.
Despite its title, Bombast is not the least bombastic.
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If Malick intended a spiritual message geared to our day, he succeeded: With all the contrivance and bombast of current cinematographic technology, his parallel wisdom is equally superficial., incoherent and empty.
The glossy bombast of Versace's Baroque designs might well have been gold.
With well-oiled aplomb, Jodidio traces Calatrava's trajectory from the genuinely iconoclastic Stadelhofen Station to the monumental bombast of recent years.
Ticking Bombast," January) by attacking an idea nobody is actually proposing--that we allow security officials to torture with impunity.