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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
Nothing is all that formally interesting to look at, so Sorkin relies on verbal bombast and excellent actors.
Craft brewers, with their tendency toward bombast and excess, have embraced the barleywine style, developing an even stronger and more hop-forward Americanized substyle.
They’ve been replaced with the bombast of new guitarist Bobby Bare Jr. and the slick leads of returning guitar hero Doug Gillard.
Fiction writers are plenty capable of similar bombast.
Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast, and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders.
Still, his criticism was mild compared with the bombast of the past.
Wrestling fans were so caught up in the rivalries and bombast stoked by Mr. Heenan that his life was sometimes in actual danger.
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.
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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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