Definition of grandiose in English:



  • 1Impressive and imposing in appearance or style, especially pretentiously so.

    ‘the court's grandiose facade’
    • ‘Bach came of age as a Lutheran composer at the height of the baroque period, a time of grandiose, richly ornamented architecture and music.’
    • ‘Here, Lizzie pretends to be Isabella at an outrageously grandiose dress designer's studio.’
    • ‘A few steps and a porch with classical columns lead to the outer storm doors which themselves in turn open on to an grandiose entrance vestibule.’
    • ‘Though the facade was listed and couldn't be altered, the inside had not been decorated in the grandiose style of some of its neighbours.’
    • ‘In the process, what was a simple shrine became a grandiose temple.’
    • ‘They built extravagant houses, opened grandiose museums and spent not just one, but several, fortunes on art.’
    • ‘As the claimant to China's political and cultural heritage, they have built in a grandiose classical style.’
    • ‘His successes are commemorated in a number of grandiose effigies, triumphal arches, vast frescoes and victory columns.’
    magnificent, impressive, grand, imposing, awe-inspiring, splendid, resplendent, superb, striking, monumental, majestic, glorious, elaborate
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    1. 1.1 Conceived on a very grand or ambitious scale.
      ‘grandiose plans to reform the world’
      • ‘Most grandiose of all was his plan to convert a small fishing village called Jerudong into a playground both for the royal family and tourists.’
      • ‘Sure, the trick may have been done before, but never has it been done on such a grandiose scale.’
      • ‘Now not all sequencing projects are carried out on such grandiose scales as the genome projects.’
      • ‘We always tend to forget the simple fact that we can make no progress if a majority of us remain unaffected by our grandiose developmental efforts.’
      • ‘If nothing else, this current council has shown that it is incapable of spending public money wisely once it's swept up in a grandiose plan.’
      • ‘He also announced grandiose plans of sending engineers, technicians and drivers to Japan for advanced training.’
      • ‘On the one hand we are told about grandiose plans for city status, an arena, a redeveloped theatre complex, a new cultural quarter and links to the Tube.’
      • ‘There is a continuous need to control urges to enter grandiose schemes and avoid ostentatious manners.’
      • ‘The latest in a long line of grandiose schemes that have promised to revitalise the city are taking the first steps towards becoming a reality this week.’
      • ‘Then there are these grandiose building projects because, they say, the Granville Street offices are no longer adequate.’
      • ‘And he has grandiose plans for a multi-million pound visitor centre that would be the last word in UFOs and the paranormal.’
      • ‘He thought and wrote in grandiose terms, in a style that has now gone out of fashion, and that would be censored by our scientific journals!’
      • ‘Don't be discouraged when your grandiose plans fail on the first attempt.’
      • ‘But those dreams continue, with grandiose plans for dams along the length of the river and its tributaries.’
      • ‘It is likely that the government had grandiose plans for that region.’
      • ‘We are well aware of the grandiose plans that are conjured, supported and implemented by politicians on entering office.’
      • ‘So much for grandiose plans to transform Europe into the world's most dynamic and competitive economy by 2010.’
      • ‘Sheridan's initial misgivings about involvement with theatre soon gave way to grandiose ambition.’
      • ‘Where better to locate a grandiose businessman with small-town pretensions, brazen ambition and borderline criminality?’
      • ‘It, like so many other grandiose schemes of the mid-1990s, has been cut down to size by the crisis.’
      ambitious, bold, epic, big
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Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian grandioso, from grande ‘grand’.