grandiose

adjective
gran·​di·​ose | \ ˈgran-dē-ˌōs How to pronounce grandiose (audio) , 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 How to pronounce grandiosity (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web But The Traitor rampages through monstrous events, including revenge killings of many family members; Buscetta’s sensual, luxury-loving wife, played by Maria Fernanda Candido, endures an especially grandiose assault. Armond White, National Review, "The Traitor Reimagines the Gangster Film and Modern Morality," 31 Jan. 2020 What is most likely to sour the public on immigration are the grandiose universal freebies that Sen. Warren and other contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination want to shower on everyone. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "The lie of the immigrant welfare queen," 28 Jan. 2020 Visitors coming from Switzerland encounter a grandiose arch marking the frontier. The Economist, "Goodbye casino, hello smugglers A tiny Italian exclave unwillingly joins the EU’s customs union," 2 Jan. 2020 This grandiose parade takes place along Spring Garden Highway in Bridgetown, the island’s capital. Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "7 Soca Filled Events That Should Be On Your Radar in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 These verses were volleyed off onto grandiose Billboard-topping studio albums, knotty mixtapes scavenged by backpack rap nerds, or the projects of his countless collaborators at a breathtaking rate. Time, "Mac Miller's Posthumous Album Circles Is a Heartbreaking Plea For Inner Peace," 17 Jan. 2020 The word conjures up images of grandiose palaces and extravagant celebrity dwellings, but those homes won't be found in Louisville — at least, not at an affordable price. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "'Affordable mansion'? Louisville has more than most cities, new ranking says," 6 Dec. 2019 Often that means highlighting cases where Tesla hasn't lived up to Musk's grandiose pronouncements. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why customers love Tesla despite its many mistakes," 5 Oct. 2019 Early in the new millennium, the EU’s eastward expansion, transatlantic rifts and a mild economic climate together produced a wave of grandiose claims about the European model’s sunny future. The Economist, "Reading the cards," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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“Grandiose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandiose. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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grandiose

adjective
How to pronounce grandiose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of grandiose

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

grandiose

adjective
gran·​di·​ose | \ ˈgran-dē-ˌōs How to pronounce grandiose (audio) \

Kids Definition of grandiose

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

grandiose

adjective
gran·​di·​ose | \ ˈgran-dē-ˌōs How to pronounce grandiose (audio) , ˌgran-dē-ˈ How to pronounce grandiose (audio) \

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 How to pronounce grandiosity (audio) \ noun, plural grandiosities

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