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Definition magnificent — typically of impressive and pretentious size

or of a plan:  highly ambitious, unrealistic and complicated
  • She always has grandiose plans, but nothing ever comes of them.
  • You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
    Charles Bukowski
  • What is it that we call it in our grandiose speeches?
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • From that, in answer to my questions, he came round to his grandiose plans again.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The War Of The Worlds
  • A vaguely grandiose state of mental self-confidence is much too agreeable to be disturbed recklessly by such a delicate investigation.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • Or loyal, for free, for fun, to some grandiose practical joke he'd cooked up, all for her embarrassment, or terrorizing, or moral improvement?
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • From that, in answer to my questions, he came round to his grandiose plans again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • He possessed grand, some would say grandiose, spiritual ambitions.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was necessary to promote on a much more grandiose style than in the democracies the illusion that the masses actually rule.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Nero had always loved threats and grandiose statements.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Even his grandiose delusions about creating some new medical marvel haven't harmed anyone.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Creating grandiose romantic fantasies around the mundane exchange of seminal fluids?
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • But when he was back at his bench the grandiose aspirations faded and he was the sniffing, snuffling beagle, the impersonal worker.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • In the meantime, let there be no halt, no hesitation, no pause in the grandiose onward march of minds.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • BRADY moves to the witness stand in grandiose style.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • No, the real plague had nothing in common with the grandiose imaginings that had haunted Rieux's mind at its outbreak.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • [with grandiose calm] If I let you do it, will you promise to brag of it afterwards to her?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Logan Rourke's driveway was not as grandiose as some of the others they'd passed, but it was immaculate.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Selfish and grandiose though Beck's obsession may have been, it F i wasn't frivolous.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Nick's turnaround is so sudden and so grandiose, it feels like .... it feels like he must want something.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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