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.
"Liberty and equality," said the vicomte contemptuously, as if at last deciding seriously to prove to this youth how foolish his words were, "high-sounding words which have long been discredited.
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.
We make high-sounding statements about ecology, but we should foresee funding from the national budget in fact," MP Altybayeva said.
If the whole purpose of the aggressive moves being made against benami assets turns out to be to pursue the political opposition, then documentation and other high-sounding economic objectives will become little more than a fig leaf.
Most of these high-sounding projects are hollow but commit the government to unjustifiable expenditures.
What is evident even for the man in the street to see and understand is the fact that rich nations are markedly reluctant to make even a token sacrifice to live up to their high-sounding precepts as expounded in multilateral economic forums.