bom|bas|tic [bɔmˈbæstık US ba:m-] adj
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: bombast 'bombastic language' (16-21 centuries), from Old French bombace 'soft material for filling something', from Medieval Latin bombax 'cotton']
bombastic language contains long words that sound important but have no real meaning
He is best known for three rather bombastic poems.
>bombast [ˈbɔmbæst US ˈba:m-] n [U]

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  • bombastic — [adj] pompous, grandiloquent aureate, balderdash, big talking*, declamatory, euphuistic, flowery, full of hot air*, fustian, grandiose, highfalutin*, high flown, histrionic, inflated, loudmouthed, magniloquent, orotund, ostentatious, overblown,… …   New thesaurus

  • bombastic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ grandiose but with little meaning. DERIVATIVES bombastically adverb …   English terms dictionary

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  • bombastic — [[t]bɒ̱mbæ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as bombastic, you are criticizing them for trying to impress other people by saying things that sound impressive but have little meaning. He was vain and bombastic. ...the… …   English dictionary

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