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rodomontade

noun ro·do·mon·tade \ˌrä-də-mən-ˈtād, ˌrō-, -ˈtäd\

Definition of rodomontade

  1. 1 :  a bragging speech

  2. 2 :  vain boasting or bluster :  rant



Examples of rodomontade in a sentence

  1. <for all of its jingoistic rodomontade, the government had no thought-out plan for the war and its aftermath>



Did You Know?

Rodomontade (which can also be spelled "rhodomontade") originated in Italian poetry. Rodomonte was a fierce and boastful king in Orlando Innamorato, Count Matteo M. Boiardo's late 15th century epic, and later in the sequel Orlando Furioso, written by poet Lodovico Ariosto in 1516. In the late 16th century, English speakers began to use "rodomont" as a noun meaning "braggart." Soon afterwards, "rodomontade" entered the language as a noun (meaning "empty bluster" or "bragging speech") and later as an adjective (meaning "boastful" or "ranting"). The noun "rodomont" is no longer used in English, but "rodomontade" is still with us.

Variants of rodomontade

also rhodomontade \ˌrä-də-mən-ˈtād, ˌrō-, -ˈtäd\

Origin of rodomontade

French, from Middle French, from rodomont blusterer, from Italian Rodomonte, character in Orlando Innamorato by Matteo M. Boiardo


First Known Use: 1612

Rhymes with rodomontade


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