Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Bombastic'
adj : ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk";
"tumid political prose" [syn: declamatory, large, orotund,
- 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. --
A theatrical, bombastic, windy phraseology. --Burke.
Syn: Turgid; tumid; pompous; grandiloquent.
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.[See more about Bombastic at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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