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Bombast (noun)

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Bo'mbast. n.s. [This word seems to be derived from Bombastius, one of the names of Paracelsus, a man remarkable for sounding professions, and unintelligible language.] Fustian; big words, without meaning.

Not pedants motley tongue, soldiers bombast,
Mountebanks drug-tongue, nor the terms of law,
Are strong enough preparatives to draw
Me to hear this.

Are all the flights of heroick poetry to be concluded bombast, unnatural, and mere madness, because they are not affected with their excellencies? Dryden's State of Innocence, Preface.

Sources: Donne, John (44) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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