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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

bombast

\BOM-bast\ , noun;
1.
Pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
Quotes:
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.
-- "This Crazy Thing Called Love", New York Times, June 26, 1994
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.
-- "Age of Ideology: Murray Kempton on the 30's", New York Times, January 31, 1999
He especially loved pro wrestling shows, where he learned the importance of bombast, and how to immobilize a larger opponent.
-- John Brady, Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater
Origin:
Bombast comes from Medieval French bombace, "cotton, hance padding," from Late Latin bombax, "cotton."
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