Definition of “bombast” - English Dictionary

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“bombast” in British English

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bombastnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbɒm.bæst/ us /ˈbɑːm.bæst/

Examples from literature

  • He was a quiet, mild-minded man, devoid of bombast, neither cynical nor meddlesome, and was well liked by all. 
  • His tragedies, which, with much bombast and frequent untrained flights of imagination, have occasional fire and tenderness, are generally based on classical subjects. 
  • The style of the great eulogy, born of the occasion and the speaker, becomes only exaggerated bombast and nonsense from the lips of a student. 
  • This introduction is one of the most extraordinary pieces of bombast, mixed metaphors, loose syntax, and incoherent expressions that Latin literature possesses. 
  • Yet there was a certain sincerity of feeling underneath all the bombast and platitudes, and this saved the book. 

(Definition of “bombast” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)