grandiose

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

Definition of grandiose

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

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

grandiosely

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grandioseness

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grandiosity

play \ˌgran-dē-ˈä-sə-tē\ noun

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Examples of grandiose in a Sentence

  1. He was full of grandiose ideas.

  2. a grandiose plan to upgrade the entire interstate highway system in 10 years

Origin and Etymology of grandiose

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


First Known Use: 1818

Synonym Discussion of grandiose

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

GRANDIOSE Defined for English Language Learners

grandiose

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

Definition of grandiose for English Language Learners

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


GRANDIOSE Defined for Kids

grandiose

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adjective gran·di·ose \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs\

Definition of grandiose for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

grandiose

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

Medical Definition of grandiose

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

grandiosely

adverb

grandiosity

\ˌgran-dē-ˈäs-ət-ē\play noun plural

grandiosities



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