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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

fanfaronade

\fan-fair-uh-NAYD; -NOD\ , noun;
1.
Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
2.
Fanfare.
Quotes:
George Manahan made his debut this week as music director of New York City Opera, and it is difficult to imagine someone laying claim to a major podium with less of a fanfaronade.
-- Justin Davidson, "A Director's Toil Pays Some Dividends", Newsday, September 21, 1996
But like a demure singer in a long gown who is surrounded by chorus girls in sequined miniskirts, the statue may seem slightly lost amid the fanfaronade.
-- Richard Stengel, "Rockets will glare and bands blare to celebrate the statue", Time, July 7, 1986
Origin:
Fanfaronade derives from Spanish fanfarronada, from fanfarrón, "braggart," from Arabic farfar, "garrulous."
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