Thursday, March 13, 2008
rodomontade noun [rod-uh-muhn-TADE; roh-duh-; -TAHD] Vain boasting; empty bluster; pretentious, bragging speech; rant.
Definitions for rodomontade
- Vain boasting; empty bluster; pretentious, bragging speech; rant.
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Citations for rodomontade
These are rejoinders born out of a need to deflate a balloon filled with what others view as pomposity or rodomontade.
The very absurdity of some of his later claims (inventors of jazz, originators of swing) . . . has made him an easy target in a way far beyond anything generated by that other (and in some ways quite similar) master of rodomontade, Jelly Roll Morton.
Origin of rodomontade
Rodomontade comes from Italian rodomontada, from Rodomonte, a great yet boastful warrior king in Italian epics of the late 15th - early 16th centuries. At root the name means "roller-away of mountains," from the Italian dialect rodare, "to roll away" (from Latin rota, "wheel") + Italian monte, "mountain" (from Latin mons).