The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by greatness of scope or intent; grand. See Synonyms at grand.
  • adj. Characterized by feigned or affected grandeur; pompous.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
  • adj. pompous or pretentious

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; -- in a good sense.
  • adj. Characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor; flaunting; turgid; bombastic; -- in a bad sense.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Impressive from inherent grandeur; grand in effect; magnificent; imposing.
  • Characterized by self-display or bombast; vulgarly showy or flaunting; grandiloquent; swollen; turgid: as, a grandiose style.

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affectedly genteel
  • adj. impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval

Word Usage

" But Wednesday's speech - which Gingrich himself called "grandiose" - could actually resonate politically in Florida, where space exploration is good politics 14 miles away from Cape Canaveral. "


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