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Meaning of BOMBAST

Pronunciation:  'bâmbast

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  pompous or pretentious talk or writing

BOMBAST is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blah, claptrap, fustian, rant
 See Also: grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, rhetoric



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bom"bast\ (b[o^]m"b[.a]st or b[u^]m"b[.a]st; 277), n.
    [OF. bombace cotton, LL. bombax cotton, bombasium a doublet
    of cotton; hence, padding, wadding, fustian. See
    1. Originally, cotton, or cotton wool. [Obs.]
             A candle with a wick of bombast.      --Lupton.
    2. Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing
       for garments; stuffing; padding. [Obs.]
             How now, my sweet creature of bombast! --Shak.
             Doublets, stuffed with four, five, or six pounds of
             bombast at least.                     --Stubbes.
    3. Fig.: High-sounding words; an inflated style; language
       above the dignity of the occasion; fustian.
             Yet noisy bombast carefully avoid.    --Dryden.
  2. \Bom"bast\, a.
    High-sounding; inflated; big without meaning; magniloquent;
          [He] evades them with a bombast circumstance, Horribly
          stuffed with epithets of war.            --Shak.
          Nor a tall metaphor in bombast way.      --Cowley.
  3. \Bom*bast"\ (b[o^]m*b[.a]st" or b[u^]m*b[.a]st"), v. t.
    To swell or fill out; to pad; to inflate. [Obs.]
          Not bombasted with words vain ticklish ears to feed.
Thesaurus Terms
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