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 This would not come about by grandiose means, but by the ordinary workings of history, which conscientious French people know all too well. Madison Mainwaring, Harper's Magazine, "Survive and Advance," 25 May 2020 Meanwhile, Modi’s government is pushing ahead with a grandiose Rs20,000 crore ($3,000 million) project to build a new parliament building and redesign New Delhi’s Central Vista (instead, the Rajya Sabha announced spending cuts of Rs80 crore). Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s suffering because it chose theatrics over governance in dealing with coronavirus," 10 May 2020 But social media users are already pushing grandiose theories casting doubt on the method. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Debate over voting by mail raises fears of election disinformation," 5 May 2020 This is reinforced by the reference to pestilence: Could this grandiose exterminator be sending a message? New York Times, "‘The Plagues of Breslau’ Review: Rage Against the Male Machine," 22 Apr. 2020 Happy to accept American help in defeating the Hun, British and French leaders wasted little time once the fighting had stopped in rejecting Wilson’s grandiose vision of a peaceful world order based on his famous Fourteen Points. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 From the ground up Part of what makes Kingsbury’s grandiose setup so captivating is the minimalist style. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "A Batman cape, a Chris Pratt face: an inside look at the Lego Kliff Kingsbury home," 29 Apr. 2020 The bravado of the salesman, in Dennehy’s barreling rendition, couldn’t conceal the shame of a husband and father who fell agonizingly short of his own grandiose expectations. Los Angeles Times, "How Arthur Miller speaks to our pandemic economy in ‘Death of a Salesman’," 23 Apr. 2020 By plastering the walls with imagery as grandiose as Westminster Abbey and as mundane as fading green wallpaper, these projections spoon-feed scene setting that should be left to the set design and audiences’ imaginations. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "‘The King’s Speech’ amounts to a stale retelling," 13 Feb. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grandiose

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


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


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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