bombastically, adv.
/bom bas"tik/, adj.
(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
Also, bombastical.
[1695-1705; BOMBAST + -IC]
Syn. pompous, grandiloquent, turgid, florid, grandiose. BOMBASTIC, FLOWERY, PRETENTIOUS, VERBOSE all describe a use or a user of language more elaborate than is justified by or appropriate to the content being expressed. BOMBASTIC suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed: a bombastic sermon on the evils of cardplaying.
FLOWERY describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions: a flowery eulogy. PRETENTIOUS refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress: a pretentious essay designed to demonstrate one's sophistication. VERBOSE characterizes utterances or speakers that use more words than necessary to express an idea: a verbose speech, speaker.

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