bombast definition

  • noun:
    • Grandiloquent, pompous address or writing.
    • Originally, cotton, or cotton fiber wool.
    • Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, utilized as stuffing for clothes; stuffing; padding.
    • High-sounding terms; an inflated style; language above the dignity associated with the event; fustian.
    • Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
    • Originally, cotton fiber, or cotton fiber wool.
    • Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
    • High-sounding words; an inflated design; language above the self-esteem of this celebration; fustian.
    • Originally, cotton, or cotton wool.
    • Originally, cotton fiber, or cotton fiber wool.
    • Cotton, or any smooth, fibrous material, utilized as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
    • Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
    • Fig.: High-sounding words; an inflated design; language above the dignity associated with the event; fustian.
    • Fig.: High-sounding words; an inflated style; language above the dignity of celebration; fustian.
    • Cotton; the cotton-plant.
    • Cotton; the cotton-plant.
    • Cotton or any other material of soft, loose texture, familiar with stuff garments; cushioning.
    • Cotton or any other stuff of soft, free texture, regularly stuff clothes; padding.
    • Figuratively, high-sounding terms; inflated or extravagant language; fustian; message too large and high-sounding when it comes to celebration.
    • Figuratively, high-sounding terms; inflated or extravagant language; fustian; message too-big and high-sounding when it comes to event.
    • Synonyms Bombast, Fustian, Bathos, Turgidness, Tumidness, Rant. “Bombast was originally applied to a stuff of soft, loose texture, used to swell the garment. Fustian was also a kind of cloth of stiff, expansive character. These terms are applied to a high, swelling style of writing, full of extravagant sentiments and expressions. Bathos is a word which has the same application, meaning generally the mock-heroic—that ‘depth’ into which one falls who overleaps the sublime: the step which one makes in passing from the sublime to the ridiculous.” (De Mille, Elements of Rhetoric, p. 225.) Bombast is rather stronger than fustian. Turgidness and tumidness are words drawn from the swelling of the body, and express mere inflation of style without reference to sentiment. Rant is extravagant or violent language, proceeding from enthusiasm or fanaticism, generally in support of extreme opinions or against those holding opinions of a milder or different sort.
    • Synonyms Bombast, Fustian, Bathos, Turgidness, Tumidness, Rant. “Bombast was initially applied to a stuff of soft, loose surface, accustomed enlarge the apparel. Fustian has also been some sort of cloth of stiff, expansive personality. These terms tend to be placed on increased, inflammation style of writing, saturated in extravagant sentiments and expressions. Bathos is a word that has similar application, meaning generally the mock-heroic—that ‘depth’ into which drops just who overleaps the sublime: the step what type tends to make in passing from the sublime towards the ridiculous.” (De Mille, components of Rhetoric, p. 225.) Bombast is rather more powerful than fustian. Turgidness and tumidness are words drawn from the swelling of the body, and express simple inflation of style without reference to belief. Rant is extravagant or violent language, continuing from passion or fanaticism, generally speaking in support of severe opinions or against those holding opinions of a milder or various type.
    • pompous or pretentious talk or writing
    • pompous or pretentious talk or writing
  • verb:
    • To swell or submit; to pad; to inflate.
    • To enlarge or submit; to pad; to inflate.
  • adjective:
    • High-sounding; filled; huge without meaning; magniloquent; bombastic.
    • High-sounding; inflated; big without meaning; magniloquent; bombastic.
    • High-sounding; filled; huge without meaning; magniloquent; bombastic.
    • High-sounding; inflated; big without definition; magniloquent; bombastic.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To enlarge or submit; to pad; to inflate.
    • To swell or fill in; to pad; to inflate.
  • others:
    • High-sounding; filled; huge without definition.
    • High-sounding; filled; huge without meaning.
    • To pad out; stuff, as a doublet with cotton fiber; thus, to inflate; enlarge aside with high-sounding or bombastic language.
    • To pad out; stuff, as a doublet with cotton fiber; for this reason, to inflate; swell down with high-sounding or bombastic language.
    • To beat; baste.
    • to conquer; baste.

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