Definition of Grandiose

1. Adjective. Impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval.

Similar to: Impressive



2. Adjective. Affectedly genteel.
Exact synonyms: Hifalutin, Highfalutin, Highfaluting, Hoity-toity, La-di-da
Similar to: Pretentious
Derivative terms: Grandiosity

Definition of Grandiose

1. a. Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; -- in a good sense.

Definition of Grandiose

1. Adjective. large and impressive, in size, scope or extent ¹

2. Adjective. pompous or pretentious ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Grandiose

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Grandiose

1. Pertaining to feelings of great importance, expansiveness, or delusions of grandeur. Origin: It. Grandioso, fr. L. Grandis, large (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Grandiose

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Hardly anything could seem more grandiose, or fitter to revive in the breasts of men ... In a grandiose manner. " You will never persuade me to turn my back ..."

2. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (1876)
"But the fervor of sympathy with which we contemplate a grandiose martyrdom is feeble compared with the enthusiasm that keeps ..."

3. The Bookman (1915)
"They stoop to nothing which is not startling in incident, imposing in style and grandiose in movement. And the Italian audience listens with a grave and ..."

4. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"1. See HIGH, UPTURNED. 3. Referring to menial or moral character: high, lofty, gram), sublime, soaring, empyreal (jiff.), grandiose, high-flown ..."

5. The Region of the Eternal Fire: An Account of a Journey to the Petroleum by Charles Thomas Marvin (1891)
"... from Baku—The Pipe-lines—Too Clever by Half— Baku Oil Transport before the Pipe-line Period—Grandiose Schemes for Pipe-lines to Europe—The Projected ..."

6. Russia by Donald Mackenzie Wallace (1905)
"... Afghanistan, and India—Trans-Siberian Railway and Weltpolitik—A Grandiose Scheme—Determined Opposition of Japan—Negotiations and War—Russia's Imprudence ..."

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