high-sounding
adjective Date: 1711 pompous, imposing

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  • High-sounding — High sound ing, a. Pompous; noisy; ostentatious; as, high sounding words or titles. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • high-sounding — adj [only before noun] high sounding statements, principles etc seem very impressive but are often insincere …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • high-sounding — [hī′soun′diŋ] adj. sounding pretentious or impressive …   English World dictionary

  • high-sounding — high′ sound ing adj. having an impressive or pretentious sound; grand: high sounding titles[/ex] • Etymology: 1550–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • high-sounding — index fustian, grandiose, inflated (bombastic) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • high-sounding — {adj.} Sounding important; said for showing off; too fancy. * /The politician s speech was full of high sounding words./ * /Mr. Brown filled his son with many high sounding ideas about life./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • high-sounding — {adj.} Sounding important; said for showing off; too fancy. * /The politician s speech was full of high sounding words./ * /Mr. Brown filled his son with many high sounding ideas about life./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • high-sounding — adj Sounding important; said for showing off; too fancy. The politician s speech was full of high sounding words. Mr. Brown filled his son with many high sounding ideas about life …   Словарь американских идиом

  • high-sounding — ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) You can use high sounding to describe language and ideas which seem very grand and important, especially when you think they are not really important. ...high sounding decrees designed to impress foreigners and …   English dictionary

  • high-sounding — adjective pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals) high flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school a high sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution • Syn: ↑high flown, ↑inflated • Similar to:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • high-sounding — /huy sown ding/, adj. having an impressive or pretentious sound; grand: the high sounding titles of minor officials. [1550 60] * * * …   Universalium

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