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    Pompous, bombastic, grandiloquent, high-flown, grandiose. Do they have the same meanings? Do they mean showy? I don't really understand those words. Hope you can explain them for me.

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    Re: difference

    Quote Originally Posted by MIA6 View Post
    Pompous, bombastic, grandiloquent, high-flown, grandiose. Do they have the same meanings? Do they mean showy? I don't really understand those words. Hope you can explain them for me.
    I'm sure they are synonyms but they may have nuances in meaning and usage.

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    Have you checked your dictionary?


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    OF COURSE I DID. That's why I asked you this question. Does pompous mean to exhibit self-importance, arrogance? A pompous person. The other meaning of this word is to use some fancy language I think. Bombastic is often used to describe speech, language. When I looked up in the dictionary, for the definitions of 'bombastic, grandiose, high-flown', they use these words interchangely among themselves for their meanings. I had no clue at all. I think these three words are mostly used to describe using fancy language in speech. "pompous and grandiose' are used to describe people who want to show their importance, but does it necessary to show their importance by using fancy language or it can be other way.
    Hope you can correct me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIA6 View Post
    Does pompous mean to exhibit self-importance, arrogance?
    Yes.

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    Re: difference

    Quote Originally Posted by MIA6 View Post
    "pompous and grandiose' are used to describe people who want to show their importance, but does it necessary to show their importance by using fancy language or it can be other way.
    Say:
    Pompous and grandiose are used to describe people who want to show their importance (or show how important they are), but does it necessarily mean to show their importance by using fancy language or can it be the other way around?
    I am not sure about the last part of the sentence ("can it be the other way around").

    ~R

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