Definition of bombast in English:

bombast

noun

  • [mass noun] High-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people:

    ‘the bombast of gung-ho militarism’
    • ‘The early subtlety has given way to cheap bombast.’
    • ‘When bombast fails only the shield of diplomacy can protect us’
    • ‘But for many years now bombast, rant, and confident obscurity have been his reigning notes.’
    • ‘Sorel shared this disdain for patriotic and obscurantist bombast.’
    • ‘His performance veers between extreme bombast and lazy naturalism - a shaky line few actors could get away with, but he pulls it off brilliantly.’
    • ‘If he did he'd have surely come up with better arguments than bluster and bombast.’
    • ‘For all their bluster and bombast, each display of physical power proves in the end to be ineffectual.’
    • ‘The president conveyed strength and reassurance and firmness, without bombast, without posturing.’
    • ‘Her wild, rash and unprecedented bombast was a shameful act of utter disrespect, not only to her constituency but also to the nation.’
    • ‘It was powerful stuff, delivered with plenty of bombast, but to the audience it was just be a sign of how far the music industry has gone from its roots.’
    • ‘If post-rock has proved anything, it's that subtlety and bombast aren't mortal enemies.’
    • ‘But let's not compound our losses with deluded bombast about what we have to gain.’
    • ‘Unless he acts, allies insist, he will be painted as an impotent puppet, thwarted by London Labour, and vulnerable to the opposition leader's bombast.’
    • ‘A lot of nationalistic bombast was spouted during this era, but there was also a quiet betrayal of an entire generation.’
    • ‘Without any trace of arrogance and bombast he replies.’
    • ‘There was more bombast and bluster than football, the most notable happenings on the park being the accumulation of bookings.’
    • ‘This gives me hope for media bombast in general, that it can be scaled back without the whole house of cards collapsing.’
    • ‘Finlandia is not a long piece but manages to combine both bombast and lyricism, with a main theme that I really like.’
    • ‘This is an important but ponderous book, but if one can endure the Communist bombast, it is well worth reading.’
    • ‘He delivers a Ride Of The Valkyries in which he supplants bombast with an intelligent compliment to the story as it appears on stage.’
    bluster, pomposity, ranting, rant, nonsense, empty talk, humbug, wind, blather, blether, claptrap
    turgidity, verbosity, verbiage, periphrasis, euphuism, fustian
    pretentiousness, affectedness, ostentation, grandiloquence, magniloquence
    hot air, bunkum, guff, bosh
    braggadocio, rodomontade
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Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting raw cotton or cotton wool used as padding, later used figuratively): from Old French bombace, from medieval Latin bombax, bombac-, alteration of bombyx silkworm (see bombazine).

Pronunciation

bombast

/ˈbɒmbast/