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
grandiosityplay \ˌgran-dē-ˈä-sə-tē\ noun
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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
Recent Examples of grandiose from the Web
But on Friday evening, any grandiose dreams Maclin had about a bounce-back season in Kansas City appeared to evaporate, as the Chiefs announced the veteran receiver’s release — a move that clears millions in cap room for 2017.
The use of such grandiose language to describe the mundanity of the characters’ lives creates a comical undertone punctuated by hyperbole.
For better or worse, nothing would ever be quite the same in Chicago architecture after Jahn`s grandiose and quirky creation.
Deford began his career at Sports Illustrated in 1962 and left the outlet in 1989 to become editor of The National, a daily sports newspaper with a grandiose vision of providing in-depth sports news that ceased publication after only 18 months.
Just don't overcommit to a grandiose plan or overlook a nagging suspicion.
Some supply-chain experts say the project is impossibly grandiose in its goal to provide direct links between tens of thousands of Chinese manufacturers and millions of individual customers around the world.
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Origin and Etymology of grandiose
French, from Italian grandioso, from grande great, from Latin grandis
First Known Use: 1818
Synonym Discussion of grandiose
GRANDIOSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grandiose for English Language Learners
: seeming to be impressive or intended to be impressive but not really possible or practical
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Definition of grandiose for Students
: overly grand or exaggerated He would … fire his warriors with grandiose schemes and wild ideas. — Brian Jacques, Redwall
Medical Definition of grandiose
: characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration a paranoid patient with grandiose delusions
grandiosity\ˌgran-dē-ˈäs-ət-ē\play noun plural
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