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grandiose

adjective gran·di·ose \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs, ˌgran-dē-ˈ\

: seeming to be impressive or intended to be impressive but not really possible or practical

Full Definition of GRANDIOSE

1
:  characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration
2
:  impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur
gran·di·ose·ly adverb
gran·di·ose·ness noun
gran·di·os·i·ty \ˌgran-dē-ˈä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of GRANDIOSE

  1. He was full of grandiose ideas.
  2. <a grandiose plan to upgrade the entire interstate highway system in 10 years>

Origin of GRANDIOSE

French, from Italian grandioso, from grande great, from Latin grandis
First Known Use: 1838

Synonym Discussion of GRANDIOSE

grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity <a grand staircase>. magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste <magnificent paintings>. imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness <an imposing edifice>. stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement <the stately procession>. majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur <a majestic waterfall>. grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience <grandiose hydroelectric projects> but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration <grandiose schemes>.
GRANDIOSITY Defined for Kids

grandiose

adjective gran·di·ose \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs\

Definition of GRANDIOSE for Kids

:  overly grand or exaggerated <He would … fire his warriors with grandiose schemes and wild ideas. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>
Medical Dictionary

grandiose

adjective gran·di·ose \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs, ˌgran-dē-ˈ\

Medical Definition of GRANDIOSE

:  characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration <a paranoid patient with grandiose delusions>
gran·di·ose·ly adverb
gran·di·os·i·ty \ˌgran-dē-ˈäs-ət-ē\ noun, plural gran·di·os·i·ties

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