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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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obsolete a person who stuffs or pads
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