bombast


bom·bast

noun \ˈbäm-ˌbast\

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

Full Definition of BOMBAST

:  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

Other Publishing Terms

annotate, dreadful, emend, expurgate, factoid, jump, lobster shift, redaction, referee

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