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bombastic
used in The Magic Mountain

6 uses
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Definition
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
  • Things might be different awake; maybe in looking for inner support he would do well to give Settembrini's novel nature a try—rebellious and critical, though sentimental and bombastic, too.
    4.9 - Growing Anxiety / Two Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride (42% in)
  • There stood "1650" in ornate numbers, and framing the date were all sorts of curlicued engraved lines, done in the "modern fashion" of the period, bombastic and capricious arabesques and crests that were half stars, half flowers.
    2.1 - The Baptismal Bowl / Grandfather in His Two Forms (30% in)
  • Why the cock's comb actually swells—or whatever other bombastic examples one might mention—remains a mystery, so to speak, particularly since psychological influences are involved.
    5.6 - Humaniora (76% in)
  • What constituted man's true state and condition: obliteration in all-devouring, all-leveling community, which was a simultaneously voluptuous and ascetic act; or "critical subjectivity," where bombast and strict bourgeois virtue were at loggerheads?
    6.6 - Operationes Spirituales (98% in)
  • No bombast, no rodomontade, here.
    7.10 - The Thunderbolt (28% in)
  • And we are reluctant shades by the roadside, ashamed of our own shadowy security and not in the least inclined to indulge in bombast and rodomontade; but, rather, the spirit of our story has led us here to watch these gray, running, stumbling troops as they swarm now from the woods, urged on by drums, and to gaze into the ordinary face of our companion of so many little years, that kindhearted sinner whose voice we have heard so often, to see him once more before he passes out of view.
    7.10 - The Thunderbolt (71% in)

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