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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: bombast 'bombastic language' (16-21 centuries), from Old French bombace 'soft material for filling something', from Medieval Latin bombax 'cotton'

bombastic

adjective
     
bom‧bas‧tic
SL bombastic language contains long words that sound important but have no real meaning:
He is best known for three rather bombastic poems.
bombast noun [uncountable]

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