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Examples of bombast in a Sentence
the other world leaders at the international conference had little interest in being subjected to the president's bombast
you need less bombast and more substance in this speech on human rights
Recent Examples of bombast from the Web
Thus, the losers are a thirsty audience for Trump’s protectionist bombast.
Amid the bombast and teasers for games that are months or years away from release, audiences in pre-show sessions across Los Angeles last weekend previewed a quiet game that aims to meditate on crippling depression and suicidal thoughts.
Joe Fredo gets across George Wallace's contentious bombast.
Donald Trump responded to both moves with characteristic bombast.
John Oliver, on his HBO comedy show, recently held up Mr. Pierce as an emblem of the bombast that floats around the virtual currency community.
According to the World Press Freedom Index, Trump's bombast against the media has had an effect broader than just the U.S.
The track is delicate, all piano: far from Linkin Park’s techno-metal bombast, with Shinoda singing instead of rapping.
Jenna Gibson, Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEIA) tells TIME that even absent of such bombast, the potential for misunderstanding between the two leaders is high.
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Did You Know?
The original meaning of "bombast" (now obsolete) is "cotton or any soft fibrous material used as padding or stuffing." It is derived through Middle French bombace, from Medieval Latin bombax, which means "cotton." "Bombax" in turn comes from "bombyx," a Latin and ultimately Greek word that means "silkworm" or "silk." Etymologists aren't certain why the shift from silk to cotton occurred, though one source attributes it to an error going back to the Roman scholar Pliny, who had reported that cotton was produced by an insect analogous to the silkworm. "Bombast" has been retained in modern English because it took on a figurative sense used in reference to speech or writing. Thus the basic sense of "stuffing or padding" has survived, but now the stuffing consists of words rather than cotton.
Origin and Etymology of bombast
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Definition of bombast for English Language Learners
: speech or writing that is meant to sound important or impressive but is not sincere or meaningful
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