brag·​ga·​do·​cio | \ ˌbra-gə-ˈdō-sē-ˌō How to pronounce braggadocio (audio) , -shē-, -chē-, -(ˌ)shō, -(ˌ)chō \
plural braggadocios

Definition of braggadocio

1a : empty boasting
b : arrogant pretension : cockiness the air of swaggering braggadocio that all important men are expected to show in fighting— C. W. M. Hart

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Examples of braggadocio in a Sentence

a loudmouthed braggart who hid his cowardice with braggadocio his braggadocio hid the fact that he felt personally inadequate
Recent Examples on the Web That sense of braggadocio and one-upmanship pulses faintly through the film, but is weighed down by an odd need to seem serious, too. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Chris Hemsworth-starring ‘Extraction’: Come for the action, stay for the … nah, that’s it," 23 Apr. 2020 Accepting defeat with grace is one of sportsmanship’s character-building components; winning without braggadocio is another. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "A Good Sport Is Hard to Find, Especially in the NFL," 31 Jan. 2020 But Circles exists somewhere in the hazy middle, capturing neither the harrowing lows of Swimming nor the euphoric braggadocio of GO:OD AM. Time, "Mac Miller's Posthumous Album Circles Is a Heartbreaking Plea For Inner Peace," 17 Jan. 2020 Mendes, who cowrote the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, is aesthetically after an immersive big-screen experience, but the human touch required to make such a gambit feel like more than just technical braggadocio is only felt intermittently. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 27 Dec. 2019 In addition to the obvious braggadocio of the form, there is a sleight of hand involved in the composition. Kriston Capps, The New Yorker, "Kehinde Wiley’s Anti-Confederate Memorial," 24 Dec. 2019 American society has shifted dramatically since Kid Rock’s arrival in the ’90s — the era of shock-jock radio, Marilyn Manson and masculine rap braggadocio. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock is still Kid Rock — it's the culture that has changed since he hit the scene," 8 Dec. 2019 As for Cariou, this veteran actor handles the growing cracks in Harry’s fortitude with a touching mix of braggadocio and vulnerability. New York Times, "Review: Facing Life’s Final Stretch in ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’," 4 Dec. 2019 Any benefit to Trump of showcasing Biden’s bad behavior came not from thinking about pressuring Ukraine, but from Biden’s own braggadocio. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Are Thought Crimes Impeachable?," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of braggadocio

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for braggadocio

Braggadochio, personification of boasting in Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

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“Braggadocio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of braggadocio

literary : the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave

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