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
Plenty of countries and entrepreneurs have grandiose plans for space, with the moon being just one of many commercial and scientific prospects.
Nolan is cinema’s great watchmaker: a filmmaker of Swiss precision capable of bending and shaping time to suit his grandiose, metronomed movies.
The architects of the checks-and-balance system were famously concerned not simply about balance in policy but also about limits on the grandiose and power-mad.
But right now, the Mariners have to be grandiose in their expectations, because a season is at stake.
General Manager Ellen LeMaire said even many of the hotel's 200 staff members arrived with a personal connection to the building, either a relative who worked there or a grandparent who remembers staring up at the grandiose lobby ceiling as a child.
That remains to be seen, but his ability to sell such a grandiose vision is only possible thanks to Thomas’s unexpected—and as-yet-uncompensated—breakthrough from forgotten second-round pick to prodigious scoring monster.
Over time, Wayward Daughters grew from a grandiose fan-fiction idea to an online initiative within the fandom to promote positive interaction and support among the fans themselves.
But Edward is a traveling salesman with a gift for grandiose gab.
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Origin and Etymology of grandiose
French, from Italian grandioso, from grande great, from Latin grandis
First Known Use: 1818See Words from the same year
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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