brag·ga·do·cio | \ˌbra-gə-ˈdō-sē-ˌō, -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

2 : braggart

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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

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Decades before the braggadocio of boxers like Ali and Joe Frazier became commonplace, Johnson lived a flamboyant lifestyle with an outsized personality to boot — at a time when blacks in America were treated like second-class citizens. Nick Powell, San Antonio Express-News, "Galveston native Jack Johnson gets long-awaited presidential pardon," 25 May 2018 Understandably, he would be roundly roasted for his braggadocio. Dale Robertson Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "A dose of perspective on Patrick Reed’s style of play and persona," 11 June 2018 Texans and Californians — two states famous for their braggadocio — ranked themselves at 21 and 22 percent, with Virginia at 41 percent. William Wan,, "America is a nation of narcissists, according to two new studies," 3 July 2018 If the president did divulge to them last night that Friday’s report would be strong — whether out of braggadocio or a conscious desire to abet insider trading — then Trump’s friends could have instantly made millions. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Hypes Jobs Report Hour Before It’s Released," 1 June 2018 Trump, entirely unseen, represents hollow braggadocio, in contrast to our real heroes' sincere pageantry. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pose': TV Review," 22 May 2018 There's a lot of boasting and braggadocio and very little in the way of provable facts. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What on earth is Michael Flynn Jr.'s super cryptic tweet hinting at?," 22 May 2018 Trump, with his gift of braggadocio, might declare a great accomplishment when nothing of substance had in fact been agreed upon. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Trump claims bragging rights on North Korea, but Kim also acting from position of strength," 22 Apr. 2018 Yet, some braggadocio was so off the mark as to risk ridicule. Miriam Matthews, Newsweek, "Putin's Boasting About Nuclear Weapons Won't Help Him In The Russian Election," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of braggadocio

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

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