English

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Etymology

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bombast (padding, stuffing) +‎ -ic, 18th century. Sense evolution possibly influenced by unrelated bomb and bombard; see also bombard phrase.

Pronunciation

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Adjective

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bombastic (comparative more bombastic, superlative most bombastic)

  1. (of a person, their language or writing) showy in speech and given to using flowery or elaborate terms; grandiloquent; pompous
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:verbose, Thesaurus:arrogant
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:concise
  2. High-sounding but with little meaning.
  3. (archaic) Inflated, overfilled.
    Synonyms: inflated, turgid

Derived terms

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Descendants

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  • French: bombastique
  • Portuguese: bombástico
  • Spanish: bombástico

Translations

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Romanian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from German bombastisch.

Adjective

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bombastic m or n (feminine singular bombastică, masculine plural bombastici, feminine and neuter plural bombastice)

  1. bombastic

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