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January 22, 2008

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( Adjective )

Pronunciation : bom-bas-tik

1. (of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding, high-flown, inflated, pretentious

2. ostentatiously lofty in style

3. of language that is full of long or pretentious words, used to impress others


Late 16th century. Alteration of Old French bombace - cotton stuffing - via medieval Latin bombax - cotton - Greek bombux - silk, silkworm


aureate, balderdash, big-talking, bullshitting, declamatory, euphuistic, flowery, fustian, grandiloquent, grandiose, high-flown, highfalutin, histrionic, inflated, loudmouth, magniloquent, orotund, ostentatious, overblown, ranting, rhapsodic, rhetorical, sonorous, swollen, tumid, turgid, verbose, windbag*, windy, wordy


Pompous, grandiloquent, turgid, florid, grandiose. Bombastic, flowery, pretentious, verbose all describe a use or a user of language more elaborate than is justified by or appropriate to the content being expressed.

Bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed.

...a bombastic sermon on the evils of cardplaying.

Flowery describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions: a flowery eulogy.

Pretentious refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress: a pretentious essay designed to demonstrate one's sophistication.

Verbose characterizes utterances or speakers that use more words than necessary to express an idea: a verbose speech, speaker.

Grandiloquent means lofty in style, pompous, or bombastic.

Magniloquent means lofty and extravagant in speech.


humble, quiet, reserved, restrained, subtle, understated

Contextual Examples:

His speeches are outbursts of incredible arrogance, equally powerful and bombastic.

The writer's bombastic, pompous style was a real turn-off for me.

Related Words:

bombast : Noun

bombaster : Noun

bombastically : Adverb

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