One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an inflated balloon’
blown up, aerated, filled, puffed up, puffed out, pumped up
dilated, distended, stretched, expanded, engorged, enlarged, swollen
2‘consumers pay inflated food prices’
increased, raised, boosted
high, excessive, sky-high, unreasonable, unwarranted, disproportionate, prohibitive, outrageous, overinflated, exorbitant, extortionate
British over the odds
informal over the top, OTT, steep
3‘he had an inflated opinion of his worth’
exaggerated, magnified, aggrandized, unwarranted, immoderate, pumped up, overblown, overripe, overstated, overplayed
high-flown, extravagant, exaggerated, elaborate, flowery, florid, ornate, overblown, overripe, overdone, overwrought, grandiloquent, magniloquent, grandiose, lofty, rhetorical, oratorical, verbose, affected, pretentious, turgid, bombastic, declamatory
informal windy, purple, highfalutin, la-di-da
rare fustian, euphuistic, orotund, tumid
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