gran·di·ose | \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs, ˌgran-dē-ˈōs\

Definition of grandiose 

1 : characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration They did not believe his grandiose claims.

2 : impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur had grandiose plans for the city

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Other Words from grandiose

grandiosely adverb
grandioseness noun
grandiosity \ˌgran-dē-ˈä-sə-tē \ noun

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grand, magnificent, imposing, stately, majestic, grandiose mean large and impressive. grand adds to greatness of size the implications of handsomeness and dignity. a grand staircase magnificent implies an impressive largeness proportionate to scale without sacrifice of dignity or good taste. magnificent paintings imposing implies great size and dignity but especially stresses impressiveness. an imposing edifice stately may suggest poised dignity, erectness of bearing, handsomeness of proportions, ceremonious deliberation of movement. the stately procession majestic combines the implications of imposing and stately and usually adds a suggestion of solemn grandeur. a majestic waterfall grandiose implies a size or scope exceeding ordinary experience grandiose hydroelectric projects but is most commonly applied derogatorily to inflated pretension or absurd exaggeration. grandiose schemes

Examples of grandiose in a Sentence

He was full of grandiose ideas. a grandiose plan to upgrade the entire interstate highway system in 10 years

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Trump, after his trip overseas to Asia and the Middle East, crowed to aides for days about the grandiose treatment — and the Brits hope to reproduce some of that magic. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018 Initially, locals were understandably distrustful about Chicagoans moving in on their turf with grandiose plans for a fancy resort that would cater to the well-heeled but would distance itself from the community. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Of course, the Kremlin wants to flaunt Kaliningrad as a Russian military foothold in the West by calling attention to its grandiose stadium during the World Cup. Ross Kenneth Urken, The New Republic, "Playing Geopolitics With the World Cup," 5 June 2018 Tresnjak does this artfully by giving the play a few grandiose theatrical moments while also maintaining an air of nonchalance and naturalism. Christopher Arnott,, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 Archaeologists would subsequently unearth thousands of figures—among them infantrymen, officers, kneeling archers and clay chariots with horses—and identify nearly 600 sites associated with Qin Shi Huang’s grandiose tomb. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Zhao Kangmin, the Archaeologist Who Pieced Together China’s Terracotta Warriors," 24 May 2018 Jurassic soundscape The roars and bellows in Jurassic Park and World echo those of lions or elephants—appropriately grandiose for surround sound. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better," 12 June 2018 Perhaps to be expected given the often grandiose interpretations of the theme. Olivia Blair, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Amal Clooney wore trousers on the Met Gala red carpet," 8 May 2018 Franco presented the grandiose complex as a symbol for national reconciliation, but victims' relatives have been campaigning to remove the bodies, arguing that the dictator's tomb is an insult to the victims' memory. Fox News, "Spain resumes controversial exhumations near Franco's tomb," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of grandiose

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for grandiose

French, from Italian grandioso, from grande great, from Latin grandis

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English Language Learners Definition of grandiose

: seeming to be impressive or intended to be impressive but not really possible or practical


gran·di·ose | \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs \

Kids Definition of grandiose

: overly grand or exaggerated He would … fire his warriors with grandiose schemes and wild ideas.— Brian Jacques, Redwall


gran·di·ose | \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs, ˌgran-dē-ˈ \

Medical Definition of grandiose 

: characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration a paranoid patient with grandiose delusions

Other Words from grandiose

grandiosely adverb
grandiosity \ˌgran-dē-ˈäs-ət-ē \ noun plural -ties

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