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

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Namely, why wasn’t there more vetting of Williams and his grandiose dream? Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Did Glenville pin its hopes on a hemp pipe dream?: Phillip Morris," 16 June 2019 Such was the case with Future Combat Systems, a grandiose Army program to field ground forces of manned vehicles, robots, and assorted weaponry, all linked via electronic networks, and with Boeing as the prime contractor. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 To them, such grandiose thinking isn’t just magical. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019 As companies from SpaceX to Blue Origin begin to discuss grandiose plans of building new worlds, NASA is taking the steps to see the effects that extended living in deep space would have on life. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Launching Yeast Into Deep Space," 21 May 2019 Samsung, the world’s largest maker of chips and smartphones, has a grandiose plan to become a 5G powerhouse, pitching itself as a one-stop shop for mobile-network equipment. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Behind Samsung’s Big Bet on 5G," 12 Sep. 2018 Deal not as grandiose as initial proposal The developers inked a deal with the city in 2007 that scaled back on some of what was originally proposed. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Tempe development deal loaded with perks. Critics ask why," 20 Apr. 2017 Editors of prominent mathematics journals are used to fielding grandiose claims from obscure authors, but this paper was different. Quanta Magazine, "Unheralded Mathematician Bridges the Prime Gap," 19 May 2013 The president, an engineer by training, is fond of the grandiose. The Economist, "Tanzania’s president loves mega-projects. Careful planning, less so," 8 June 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

adjective

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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