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[hahy-flohn] /ˈhaɪˈfloʊn/
extravagant in aims, pretensions, etc.
pretentiously lofty; bombastic:
We couldn't endure his high-flown oratory.
Origin of high-flown
2. florid, flowery, magniloquent, grandiloquent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In speaking, simplicity and brevity take the place of the high-flown and artificial refinements of the modern grammarian.

    Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'

    Cratylus Plato
  • The papyri of this period are full of the high-flown titles and affected phraseology which was so beloved of Byzantine scribes.

  • Also, that whenever he killed a calf he made a high-flown speech over it.

  • Heaven knows why I was fool enough to marry her, except that I had high-flown ideas of honour in those days, and I got drawn in.

    The Lamp in the Desert Ethel M. Dell
  • These high-flown lectures and discussions have filled all their heads with nonsense.

  • Dr Maurice was a man who had always held himself to be invincible to romantic or high-flown feelings.

    At His Gates, Vol. 3(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • Lady Lufton, with all her high-flown ideas, was not an imprudent woman.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for high-flown


extravagant or pretentious in conception or intention: high-flown ideas
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