Definition of overblown in English:



  • 1Made to seem more impressive or important than is the case; exaggerated or pretentious.

    ‘his most rhetorically overblown screenplay’
    • ‘Yet it's not pretentiously overblown nor dragged down by fanboy baggage.’
    • ‘Humans show false strength with exaggerated postures and overblown words.’
    • ‘Successful operas have powerful, involving stories, even if they're overblown, rhetorical and, indeed, operatic.’
    • ‘Many of the digital images in this overblown cautionary tale remind us of humanity's relatively insignificant place in the universe.’
    • ‘So while I think this is a cause for concern, it's not cause for the kind of overblown rhetoric I've seen around the web.’
    • ‘Realistic threats may be exaggerated or overblown, in which case correct and balanced information can be used to reduce them.’
    • ‘Of course, the fears of the critics may be hysterical or overblown, but in that case, one wonders why they can't just come out and tell us that.’
    • ‘It's passionate but not overblown or melodramatic.’
    • ‘Sometimes I read responses that seem overblown and pretentious, and they make me wince.’
    • ‘Their behaviour and pretensions were overblown but they put out a good deal of material that retains vitality more than 30 years later.’
    • ‘We should avoid the overblown statements and tub-thumping oratory.’
    • ‘Sun-baked window displays were decked out with extravagant fairy lights and overblown decorations.’
    • ‘It's an overblown solution, but probably politically necessary - and a sure sign of a dangerous vanity.’
    • ‘In contrast, some of the other liberal arguments about the significance of this case seem tendentious and overblown.’
    • ‘She saw Clint as an aging pretty-boy, a gifted entertainer with overblown artistic pretensions.’
    • ‘In satire, things tend to be exaggerated and overblown for effect.’
    • ‘To say that the music is overblown and pretentious is rather an understatement.’
    • ‘They called his charges exaggerated or said it was all overblown.’
    • ‘Yet, the New York Times fails to make that distinction and pretends that the the desperation was overblown.’
    • ‘Forget your preconceptions about opera - - it is not all about screaming voices and overblown melodrama.’
    overwritten, extravagant, florid, grandiose, pompous, over-elaborate, flowery, overwrought, overripe, pretentious, high-flown, turgid, bombastic, oratorical, grandiloquent, magniloquent, orotund
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  • 2(of a flower) past its prime.

    ‘an overblown rose’