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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.]
(of speech, writing, etc.) pompous; high-flown.
syn: bombastic, flowery, pretentious all describe a use of language more elaborate than is justified by or appropriate to the content being expressed. bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed: a bombastic sermon on the evils of gambling. flowery describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions: a flowery eulogy. pretentious refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress: a pretentious essay filled with obscure allusions.
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|Adj.||1.||bombastic - ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose"|
rhetorical - given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"