Definition of bombast in US English:

bombast

noun

  • High-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people.

    • ‘The president conveyed strength and reassurance and firmness, without bombast, without posturing.’
    • ‘A lot of nationalistic bombast was spouted during this era, but there was also a quiet betrayal of an entire generation.’
    • ‘For all their bluster and bombast, each display of physical power proves in the end to be ineffectual.’
    • ‘This is an important but ponderous book, but if one can endure the Communist bombast, it is well worth reading.’
    • ‘His performance veers between extreme bombast and lazy naturalism - a shaky line few actors could get away with, but he pulls it off brilliantly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He delivers a Ride Of The Valkyries in which he supplants bombast with an intelligent compliment to the story as it appears on stage.’
    • ‘The early subtlety has given way to cheap bombast.’
    • ‘If he did he'd have surely come up with better arguments than bluster and bombast.’
    • ‘If post-rock has proved anything, it's that subtlety and bombast aren't mortal enemies.’
    • ‘Without any trace of arrogance and bombast he replies.’
    • ‘Finlandia is not a long piece but manages to combine both bombast and lyricism, with a main theme that I really like.’
    • ‘There was more bombast and bluster than football, the most notable happenings on the park being the accumulation of bookings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sorel shared this disdain for patriotic and obscurantist bombast.’
    • ‘This gives me hope for media bombast in general, that it can be scaled back without the whole house of cards collapsing.’
    • ‘But for many years now bombast, rant, and confident obscurity have been his reigning notes.’
    • ‘When bombast fails only the shield of diplomacy can protect us’
    • ‘But let's not compound our losses with deluded bombast about what we have to gain.’
    bluster, pomposity, ranting, rant, nonsense, empty talk, humbug, wind, blather, blether, claptrap
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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

/ˈbämbast//ˈbɑmbæst/