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high-sounding

[hahy-soun-ding] /ˈhaɪˈsaʊn dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having an impressive or pretentious sound; grand:
the high-sounding titles of minor officials.
Origin of high-sounding
1550-1560
1550-60
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  • Yes, boys—both of them, for all their priestly and high-sounding titles.

    Historic Boys Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • They all call themselves Portuguese, and own high-sounding Portuguese surnames.

  • A word we have no business with; a high-sounding word for a penny purpose.

    Linda Condon Joseph Hergesheimer
  • To "help humanity" is a very attractive and high-sounding term.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
  • He has been deluded by a high-sounding prophecy, and it has come to little.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • What, in fact, is this ‘unconscious’ but a high-sounding name to veil our ignorance?

    Unconscious Memory Samuel Butler
  • How long are American progressives going to continue deceiving themselves with the words of high-sounding preambles?

British Dictionary definitions for high-sounding

high-sounding

adjective
1.
another term for high-flown
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