grandiose
[ grand-dee-ohs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
mid-19th century; from French, from the Italian grandioso, from grande "grand"
Synonyms
    1.
  • ambitious overcomplicated
    2.
  • bombastic flamboyant grand imposing
Antonyms
    1.
  • practical sensible
    2.
  • common humble insignificant modest unassuming
Definition
1. more complicated or elaborate than necessary; overblown
2. affectedly grand or important; pompous
Examples
1. A) The heist probably would have succeeded if the plan hadn't been so needlessly grandiose. B) The plan to save the business, while well-meaning, was becoming increasingly grandiose and impractical.
2. A) He made a grandiose display of his achievements, telling the entire embarrassed room how many awards he had won. B) She was humble, preferring not to speak or act in a grandiose manner that could draw attention to her.
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