grandiose

  • 1 grandiose — [ grɑ̃djoz ] adj. • 1798; it. grandioso ♦ Qui frappe, impressionne par son caractère de grandeur, son aspect majestueux, son ampleur. ⇒ imposant, impressionnant, magnifique, majestueux. « un art magnifique, grandiose, solennel, mais [...]… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 Grandiose — Gran di*ose , a. [F. grandiose, It. grandioso. See {Grand}.] 1. Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; in a good sense. [1913 Webster] The tone of the parts was to be perpetually kept down in order not to impair the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 grandiose — 1828 (earlier as a French word in English), from Fr. grandiose impressive (18c.), from It. grandioso, from L. grandis big (see GRAND (Cf. grand) (adj.)). Related: Grandiosely …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 grandiose — I adjective affected, boastful, bombastic, enormous, exorbitant, flamboyant, flashy, flaunting, fustian, grandiloquent, high sounding, huge, immense, inflated, lofty, magniloquent, mighty, ornate, orotund, ostentatious, pompous, pretentious,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 grandiose — imposing, stately, *grand, august, magnificent, majestic, noble Analogous words: ostentatious, pretentious, *showy: grandiloquent, magniloquent, *rhetorical …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 grandiose — [adj] theatrical, extravagant affected, ambitious, august, bombastic, cosmic, egotistic, flamboyant, fustian, grand, high falutin’*, high flown, imposing, impressive, lofty, lordly, magnificent, majestic, monumental, noble, ostentatious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 grandiose — ► ADJECTIVE 1) impressive or magnificent, especially pretentiously so. 2) conceived on a very ambitious scale. DERIVATIVES grandiosely adverb grandiosity noun. ORIGIN Italian grandioso, from grande grand …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 grandiose — [gran′dē ōs΄, gran΄dē ōs′; ] also [, gran΄dēōz΄] adj. [Fr < It grandioso < L grandis, great, GRAND] 1. having grandeur or magnificence; imposing; impressive 2. seeming or trying to seem very important; pompous and showy SYN. GRAND… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 grandiose — grandiosely, adv. grandioseness, grandiosity /gran dee os i tee/, n. /gran dee ohs /, adj. 1. affectedly grand or important; pompous: grandiose words. 2. more complicated or elaborate than necessary; overblown: a grandiose scheme. 3. grand in an… …

    Universalium

  • 10 grandiose — gran•di•ose [[t]ˈgræn diˌoʊs[/t]] adj. 1) affectedly grand; pompous: grandiose words[/ex] 2) more complicated than necessary: a grandiose scheme[/ex] 3) grand in an imposing way • Etymology: 1830–40; < F < It grandioso < L grandi(s)… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 GRANDIOSE — adj. des deux genres T. emprunté de l italien. Il se dit, surtout dans les Beaux Arts, De ce qui impose, de ce qui frappe l imagination par un caractère de grandeur, de noblesse, de majesté. Composition grandiose. Cette architecture est d un… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 12 grandiose — (gran di ô z ) adj. 1°   Qui frappe l imagination par son caractère de grandeur, de noblesse. Cette architecture est d un style grandiose. •   Depuis deux ans, j ai présenté à l Académie une série de travaux sur la figure des comètes et l… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 13 grandiose — gran|di|ose [ˈgrændiəus US ous] adj [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: Italian grandioso, from Latin grandis; GRAND1] grandiose plans sound very important or impressive, but are not practical grandiose scheme/plan/idea etc ▪ grandiose schemes of …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 GRANDIOSE — adj. des deux genres Qui frappe l’imagination par un caractère de grandeur, de majesté. Composition grandiose. Un projet, une oeuvre grandiose …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 15 grandiose — gran|di|ose [ grændi,ous ] adjective 1. ) designed to look very impressive, but really looking artificial or silly: a grandiose building 2. ) intended to achieve something important or difficult, but unlikely to be successful because of not being …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 grandiose — [[t]græ̱ndioʊs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as grandiose, you mean it is bigger or more elaborate than necessary. The sad truth is that not one of Kim s grandiose plans has even begun …

    English dictionary

  • 17 grandiose — adjective grandiose plans sound very important or impressive, but will never really happen because they are not practical: It s just another of Wheeler s grandiose schemes …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 grandiose — adjective 1) the court s grandiose facade Syn: magnificent, impressive, grand, imposing, awe inspiring, splendid, resplendent, majestic, glorious, elaborate; palatial, stately, luxurious, opulent; informal plush, swanky, flash …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 grandiose — UK [ˈɡrændɪəʊs] / US [ˈɡrændɪˌoʊs] adjective 1) designed to look very impressive, but really looking artificial or silly a grandiose building 2) intended to achieve something important or difficult, but unlikely to be successful because of not… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 grandiose — Pertaining to feelings of great importance, expansiveness, or delusions of grandeur. [It. grandioso, fr. L. grandis, large] * * * gran·di·ose gran dē .ōs, .gran dē adj characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration …

    Medical dictionary


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