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Meaning of CLAPTRAP

Pronunciation:  'klap`trap

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  pompous or pretentious talk or writing

CLAPTRAP is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Clap"trap`\, n.
    1. A contrivance for clapping in theaters. [Obs.]
    2. A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.
  2. \Clap"trap`\, a.
    Contrived for the purpose of making a show, or gaining
    applause; deceptive; unreal.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: absurdity, amphigory, argument, argument by analogy, argumentum ad baculum, argumentum ad captandum, argumentum ad hominem, babble, babblement, bad case, balderdash, balls, baloney, begging the question, bibble-babble, blabber, blague, blather, bombast, bosh, bull, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, circular argument, crap, crowd-pleasing argument, double-talk, drivel, drool, empty words, eyewash, fallacy, fiddledeedee, fiddle-faddle, flam, flapdoodle, flimflam, flummery, folderol, formal fallacy, fudge, fustian, gabble, galimatias, gammon, gibber, gibberish, gibble-gabble, gobbledygook, hocus-pocus, hogwash, hoke, hokum, hooey, humbug, humbuggery, hysteron proteron, insincere argument, jabber, jargon, jiggery-pokery, logical fallacy, malarkey, material fallacy, mere rhetoric, moonshine, mumbo jumbo, narrishkeit, niaiserie, non sequitur, nonsense, pack of nonsense, palaver, paralogism, petitio principii, philosophism, prate, prattle, pseudosyllogism, rant, rigamarole, rigmarole, rodomontade, rubbish, skimble-skamble, solecism, sophism, sophistry, stuff and nonsense, stultiloquence, trash, trumpery, twaddle, twattle, twiddle-twaddle, vaporing, verbal fallacy, waffling, weak point