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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
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.
Too many of us viewed the 2016 presidential election impersonally as some kind of reality TV show or prime-time soap opera, a made-for-TV production intended to amuse and engage with its bombast, conflict and unpredictability.
Over the past year, the 34-year-old has demonstrated an uncanny ability to match Trump’s penchant for stagecraft, bombast and propaganda.
Ghost Creepy costumes, carefully constructed mythology and lots of faux-pretentious metal bombast from the Swedish cult favorites, hitting Detroit as part of their Rats!
Whether the reader is an Acker novice or an aficionado, seeing that insistently transgressive artist through Martin’s eyes offers new insights into her brilliance and bombast.
The beautiful anger and bombast of Charlie Pierce is there, but also elsewhere.
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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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