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bombast

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noun bom·bast \ˈbäm-ˌbast\

Simple Definition of bombast

  • : speech or writing that is meant to sound important or impressive but is not sincere or meaningful

Full Definition of bombast

  1. :  pretentious inflated speech or writing

Examples of bombast

  1. <the other world leaders at the international conference had little interest in being subjected to the president's bombast>

  2. <you need less bombast and more substance in this speech on human rights>



Origin of bombast

Middle English bombast cotton padding, from Middle French bombace, from Medieval Latin bombac-, bombax cotton, alteration of Latin bombyc-, bombyx silkworm, silk, from Greek bombyk-, bombyx


First Known Use: 1583



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