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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
Certainly, Iraq’s Shia leaders have refrained from triumphalist bombast.
May should sack him for giving his pro-Brexit bombast interviews to the press, or so all the questions from the press imply.
As Claudius, Steven Anthony Jones accentuates the ceremonial bombast of a ruthless political operator.
By the time Trump departed late Thursday for his golf resort in New Jersey, the leaders of both North Korea and Iran had thumbed their noses at Trump's bombast, responding with their own insults.
Breitbart succeeds with bombast, shamelessness, vitriol, sensationalism, and ugly appeals to ethnic anxieties.
Which helps explain why, for the most part, Republican insiders shrugged off Bannon's bombast.
The Future If a Senate populist such as Tom Cotton had run on Trump’s identical platform, but without Trump’s tweets and bombast, most of the Never Trumpers would have sighed but voted for him.
These threats are bombast, since the young leader is not suicidal.
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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
First Known Use: 1583See Words from the same year
Synonymsbluster, brag, braggadocio, bull [slang], cockalorum, fanfaronade, gas, gasconade, grandiloquence, hot air, magniloquence, rant, rodomontade (also rhodomontade)
Related Wordsoratory, rhapsody, rhetoric; pomposity, turgidity, wind; bloviation, verbosity, windiness; babble, blab, chatter, drivel, gabble, gibber, gibberish, jabber, prattle; jawing, patter, prating, yammering; egotism, self-conceit, self-importance, swagger, vaunt
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