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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
Drawn to big moments and bigger headlines, Trump views the North Korea summit as a legacy-maker for him, believing that the combustible combination of his bombast and charm already has led to warmer relations between North and South.
Drawn to big moments and bigger headlines, Mr. Trump views the North Korea summit as a legacy-maker for him, believing that the combustible combination of his bombast and charm already has led to warmer relations between North and South.
Mercifully, the electronic music bombasts don’t continue into the rest of the album, with the band instead opting for Maroon 5-esque pop-rock, replacing Adam Levine’s paper-thin falsetto with frontman Patrick Stump’s tortured squeeze-toy wails.
But summer is a big season at your local arthouse theater too, where the race to find a movie that successfully counterprograms superhero bombast and lures in an audience that wants something a little more down-to-earth is already on in earnest.
He was followed by the energetic but joyless arena-prog bombast of ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room.
There was no Serena bombast, no Azarenka spunk, not even any Sharapova screeching.
After all, her main skill set—a knack for language and bombast—overlapped nicely with that of most successful hip-hop artists.
Tretta captures the essence of Radner by homing in on her vulnerability and emotional openness, not her wacky bombast.
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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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