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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Definitions for bombast

  1. Pompous or pretentious speech or writing.

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Citations for bombast
A more serious difficulty, though, is that "love" has inspired a vast deal of high-toned rhetoric, and Ms. Ackerman seems determined to boost the bombast that already engulfs this troublesome word. , New York Times
It was partly this gift for nuance that caused Kempton to notice, while reviewing the work of Whittaker Chambers, something undeniably authentic beneath the bombast and self-pity. , New York Times
Origin of bombast
Bombast comes from Medieval French bombace, "cotton, hance padding," from Late Latin bombax, "cotton."