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grandiose

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of grandiose

  1. 1 large and impressive in size, grandeur, extent, or conception a grandiose plan to upgrade the entire interstate highway system in 10 years Synonyms of grandiose august, baronial, epic, gallant, glorious, grand, heroic (also heroical), Homeric, imperial, imposing, magnific, magnificent, majestic, massive, monumental, noble, proud, regal, royal, splendid, statelyWords Related to grandiose colossal, monstrous, prodigious, stupendous, tremendous; kingly, lordly, princely, queenly; awesome, awful, cosmic (also cosmical), sublime, wondrous; formidable, impressive, prepossessing, redoubtable; apocalyptic (also apocalyptical), inflated, operatic, overblown, pompous; marvelous (or marvellous), superb, terrific, wonderful; extravagant, lavish, luxurious, opulent, palatial, palatine, sumptuous; gorgeous, resplendent, splendiferous; extraordinary, killer, remarkable, sensational, striking; celestial, divine, heavenlyNear Antonyms of grandiose lowly, modest, unprepossessing; average, common, mediocre, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, second-rate; abject, mean, meretricious, shabby, sordid; insignificant, measly, paltry, petty, puny, trifling, trivialAntonyms of grandiose humble, unheroic, unimposing, unimpressive

  2. 2 self-consciously trying to present an appearance of grandeur or importance made some grandiose claim that she was the descendant of a French princess Synonyms of grandiose affected, pretentious, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-minded, la-di-da (also la-de-da or lah-de-dah or lah-dee-dah or lah-di-dah), ostentatious, pompous, snippyWords Related to grandiose airy, grandiloquent, high-flown, high-sounding, high-toned, sententious; arrogant, bumptious, complacent, conceited, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, hoity-toity, imperious, important, overweening, presumptuous, prideful, proud, self-asserting, self-assertive, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-important, self-obsessed, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, uppity, vain, vainglorious; self-aggrandizing, self-dramatizing, self-glorifying, self-promoting; cavalier, disdainful, haughty, lordly, snobbish, snobby, stuck-up, supercilious, superior; confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; boastful, braggart, bragging; aggressive, assertive, audacious, bold, brassy, cheeky, cocky, forward, impudent, insolent, rude; flamboyant, flashy, flaunting, garish, gaudy, glitzy, showy, splashyNear Antonyms of grandiose demure, down-to-earth, homely, humble, lowly, meek, retiring, unassertive, unassuming; bashful, diffident, mousy (or mousey), overmodest, passive, quiet, reserved, shy, timidAntonyms of grandiose modest, unpretentious

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


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