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Word: grandiose

Definition: affectedly grand; pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated; impressive; great in size or scope; grand; Ex. grandiose ideas


Sentences Containing 'grandiose'

At the same time, other powers had been harboring similarly grandiose plans.
Besides, in 1980, in preparation for the Rattanakosin celebration of the 200th anniversary in 1982, the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine had undergone extreme grandiose and exquisite renovation and constructed the arches to established five-city guardian deity.
By the end of his life, Berthold's estates amounted to a justification of his grandiose title.
Grandiose claims were made for what could be humble materials indeed: for example, in the mid-19th century Revalenta Arabica was advertised as having extraordinary restorative virtues as an empirical diet for invalids; despite its impressive name and many glowing testimonials it was in truth only ordinary lentil flour, sold to the gullible at many times the true cost. Even where no fraud was intended, quack remedies often contained no effective ingredients whatsoever.
His talents lay in visualising dramatic plans and grandiose schemes and then persuading other people to get involved.
It was followed by a round of spring and summer concerts culminating in a large and grandiose concert at the historic Cinema Patria in Bucuresti, which was filmed for later release on DVD.
Jacques-Léonard Maillet (12 July 1823 - 14 February 1894) was a French academic sculptor of modest reputation, whose themes were of neoclassical and biblical inspiration; his public commissions were in large part for the programs of decorative architectural sculpture required by the grandiose public works programs characteristic of the Second Empire, which included commemorative portraits of French culture heroes.
Meissonier became known as the "French Metsu", a reference to the seventeenth-century Dutch painter Gabriel Metsu, who specialised in miniature scenes of bourgeois domestic life; "grandiose history paintings did not sell as readily as smaller canvases such as landscapes or portraits, which fitted more easily onto the walls of Paris apartments".
Michael Dirda of the "Washington Post" disagreed, remarking that ""Anathem" will certainly be admired for its intelligence, ambition, control and ingenuity", but describing it as "fundamentally unoriginal", "grandiose, overwrought and pretty damn dull."
Morrison not only compared Johnson to Ozymandias, but also to the 20th century dictators Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Nicolae Ceauşescu, in their acts of "phallic politics" in building grandiose monuments.
She concludes that, reveling in the misdeeds of their pagan predecessors, the saga authors took skaldic poetry originally intended to make elliptical reference to defeat in battle (causing one's back to be scored by eagles, i.e. killing them and thus turning them into carrion) along with separate martyrdom tracts expressing the final tortures of worthy victims in terms reflective of the intended execution of Saint Sebastian (shot so full of arrows that their ribs and internal organs were exposed) and combined and elaborated them into a grandiose torture and death ritual that never was.
Slant Magazine's Casey Boland found its songs "grandiose, overwrought, overblown, superfluous and occasionally among the greatest songs Rose has recorded to date."
The art and sculpture historian Albert Elsen believed that "The Raft of the Medusa" and Delacroix's "Massacre at Chios" provided the inspiration for the grandiose sweep of Auguste Rodin's monumental sculpture "The Gates of Hell".
The artist’s life in isolation would only be interrupted by grandiose projects, like a mural he made for the University of Caldas in 30 days, by working 20 hours a day, in 1970; or a 20 piece exhibition predicting the destruction of the Andean town of Armero in 1984, which indeed occurred a year later, when the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted after 150 years of inactivity; or moving back to Bogotá to set a record by creating the world largest painting on canvas, measuring , in 1994.
The latter two glam rock "anthems" were giant hits in the UK over the winter of 1973–74, and Simon Leng notes the inclusion on the finished version of "Ding Dong" of harmonium and distorted lead guitars, similar to the Slade hit, and baritone saxophones, twin drummers and "grandiose tubular bells", all of which were prominent features on the Spector-influenced "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday".
The popularity of talking pictures had reached a peak, and the grandiose Mission style movie theater well represents the flamboyance typical of the 1930s theater design.
This role is extremely difficult for being seemingly unsubstantial next to those of Hamlet and other grandiose figures.
Trapp notes that the fact that "100 grandiose history paintings included in itself proclaimed a munificent government patronage", for aside from a few affluent competitors like Géricault, only those favoured by a major commission could afford the outlay of time, energy and money necessary for undertakings of this kind.
Unitarians cared less fro their buildings than other nonconformist denominations who built increasingly grandiose edifices such as Calfaria, Aberdare.
While in the American colonies Cooper floated several grandiose schemes that were never realized: The American Bishoprics.
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