ro·​do·​mon·​tade | \ ˌrä-də-mən-ˈtād How to pronounce rodomontade (audio) , ˌrō-, -ˈtäd \
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Definition of rodomontade

1 : a bragging speech
2 : vain boasting or bluster : rant

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Rodomontade (which can also be spelled "rhodomontade") originated in Italian poetry. Rodomonte was a fierce and boastful king in Orlando Innamorato, Count Matteo M. Boiardo's late 15th century epic, and later in the sequel Orlando Furioso, written by poet Lodovico Ariosto in 1516. In the late 16th century, English speakers began to use "rodomont" as a noun meaning "braggart." Soon afterwards, "rodomontade" entered the language as a noun (meaning "empty bluster" or "bragging speech") and later as an adjective (meaning "boastful" or "ranting"). The noun "rodomont" is no longer used in English, but "rodomontade" is still with us.

Examples of rodomontade in a Sentence

for all of its jingoistic rodomontade, the government had no thought-out plan for the war and its aftermath

First Known Use of rodomontade

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rodomontade

French, from Middle French, from rodomont blusterer, from Italian Rodomonte, character in Orlando Innamorato by Matteo M. Boiardo

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“Rodomontade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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