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Bombastic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bombastic adj : ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose" [syn: declamatory, large, orotund, tumid, turgid]
Bombastic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bombastic \Bom*bas"tic\ (b[o^]m*b[.a]s"t[i^]k or b[u^]m*b[.a]s"t[i^]k), Bombastical \Bom*bas"tic*al\, a. Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated. -- Bom*bas"tic*al*ly, adv. A theatrical, bombastic, windy phraseology. --Burke. Syn: Turgid; tumid; pompous; grandiloquent.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bombastic'


Fustian (also called bombast) is a term for a variety of heavy woven, mostly cotton fabrics, chiefly prepared for menswear. It is also used to refer to pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech, from at least the time of Shakespeare. This literary use is because the cloth type was often used as padding, hence, the purposeless words are 'bombast'.

It embraces plain twilled cloth known as jean, and cut fabrics similar to velvet, known as velveteen, moleskin, corduroy etc. The original medieval fustian was a stout but respectable cloth with a cotton weft and a linen warp, possibly derived from El-Fustat, the name of a suburb of Cairo where cloth was manufactured. The term seems to have quickly become less precise, and was applied to a coarse cloth made of wool and linen, and in the reign of Edward III of England, the name was given to a woolen fabric. By the early 20th century, fustians were usually of cotton dyed various colors.

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  • North Korea's bizarre insults: John Kerry is latest target
    North Korea is notorious for its bombastic and belligerent rhetoric. On Wednesday, it called US Secretary of State a "wolf" with a "hideous lantern jaw." Read more on this news related to 'Bombastic'
  • North Korea's bizarre insults: John Kerry is latest target (+video)
    North Korea is notorious for its bombastic and belligerent rhetoric. On Wednesday, it called US Secretary of State a "wolf" with a "hideous lantern jaw." Read more on this news related to 'Bombastic'
  • COLWELL: Bombastic pol leaves in a fizzle
    One of Indiana's most bombastic politicians left softly, so quietly that many Hoosiers didn't notice he had scurried from the Statehouse four months before his term as state treasurer was to end. Read more on this news related to 'Bombastic'

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