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2023-01-11 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 11 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 11, 2023 is: bombast • \BAHM-bast\  R...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 11, 2023 is:

bombast • \BAHM-bast\  • noun

Bombast refers to speech or writing that is meant to sound important or impressive but that is not sincere or meaningful.

// The other world leaders at the international conference had little interest in being subjected to the host president's bombast.

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Examples:

“... this sprawling German-language adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic WWI novel All Quiet on the Western Front is a film that feels both aesthetically dazzling and full of necessary truths: an antiwar drama that transcends the bombast of propaganda mostly just because it's so artfully and indelibly made.” — Leah Greenblatt Entertainment Weekly, 28 Oct. 2022

Did you know?

Bombast settled softly into English in the mid-late 16th century as a textile term used to refer to cotton or other soft fibrous material used as padding or stuffing (its ultimate source is likely Middle Persian pambak, meaning “cotton”), but within a decade it had extended from literal stuffing to figurative stuffing, referring to speech or writing that is padded with pretentious verbiage. The adjective bombastic, which followed bombast a century later, has been a favorite choice to describe blowhards, boasters, and cockalorums ever since.



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