claptrap definition

  • noun:
    • Pretentious, insincere, or bare language: "We hate ... that air/Of claptrap, which your present poets prize” ( Byron).
    • A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
    • A trick or device to gain applause, specially pretentious but vacant rhetoric; humbug.
    • A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
    • Figuratively, an artifice or product to elicit applause or gain popularity; misleading program or pretense.
    • pompous or pretentious talk or writing
    • Pretentious, insincere, or empty language: "I hate ... that air/Of claptrap, which your recent poets prize” ( Byron).
    • A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
    • A trick or device to get applause, specially pretentious but bare rhetoric; humbug.
    • A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
    • Figuratively, an artifice or device to elicit applause or gain popularity; deceptive program or pretense.
    • pompous or pretentious talk or writing
  • adjective:
    • Contrived for the intended purpose of making a show, or gaining applause; misleading; unreal.
    • Contrived for the true purpose of making a program, or gaining applause; deceptive; unreal.
  • others:
    • Designing or designed simply to win approval or catch applause.
    • Designing or created just to win endorsement or catch applause.

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