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portentous, pontifical, pompous, overblown, grandiloquent
adj. puffed up with vanity; "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek
tall, magniloquent, grandiloquent
adj. lofty in style; "he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying"
stilted, hokey, contrived, artificial
adj. artificially formal; "that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
adj. overly self-confident or self-assertive; "a very cocky young man"
presumptuous, assuming, assumptive
adj. excessively forward; "an assumptive person"; "on a subject like this it would be too assuming for me to decide"; "the duchess would not put up with presumptuous servants"
positive, overconfident, cocksure
adj. marked by excessive confidence; "an arrogant and cocksure materialist"; "so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen"; "the less he knows the more positive he gets"
masterful, imperious
adj. able to deal authoritatively with affairs; "dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand"
aureate, flamboyant, florid
adj. elaborately or excessively ornamented; "flamboyant handwriting"; "the senator's florid speech"
tight-laced, straight-laced, strait-laced, square-toed, victorian, straightlaced, straitlaced, puritanical, prudish, prissy, prim, priggish
adj. exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
self-important, chesty, arrogant
adj. having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride; "an arrogant official"; "arrogant claims"; "chesty as a peacock"
self-aggrandising, self-aggrandizing
adj. of or relating to or characteristic of self-aggrandizement
swaggering, supercilious, sniffy, prideful, overbearing, lordly, imperious, haughty, disdainful
adj. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer
swollen-headed, self-conceited, vain, swollen, egotistical, egotistic, conceited
adj. characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance; "a conceited fool"; "an attitude of self-conceited arrogance"; "an egotistical disregard of others"; "so swollen by victory that he was unfit for normal duty"; "growing ever more swollen-headed and arbitrary"; "vain about her clothes"
scornful, insulting, disdainful, contemptuous
adj. expressing extreme contempt
snotty-nosed, flip, insolent, impudent
adj. marked by casual disrespect; "a flip answer to serious question"; "the student was kept in for impudent behavior"
tumid, turgid, orotund, large, declamatory, bombastic
adj. ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose"
patronising, patronizing, condescending, arch
adj. (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
pretentious, ostentatious
adj. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
adj. showily imitative of art or artists
arty-crafty, artsy-craftsy
adj. pretentiously artistic; cloyingly charming
high-sounding, high-flown, inflated
adj. pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals); "high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school"; "a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution"
adj. (British informal) upstart
parvenue, nouveau-riche, upstart, parvenu
adj. characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
adj. given to the overuse of long words; "sesquipedalian orators"; "this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money"
anapaestic, anapestic
adj. (of a metric foot) characterized by two short syllables followed by a long one
tumid, turgid, orotund, large, declamatory, bombastic
adj. ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose"
ornate, flowery
adj. marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details; "a flowery speech"; "ornate rhetoric taught out of the rule of Plato"-John Milton
adj. used or applied in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in a court of law; "forensic photograph"; "forensic ballistics"
adj. characteristic of an orator or oratory; "oratorical prose"; "harangued his men in an oratorical way"- Robert Graves
poetical, poetic
adj. characteristic of or befitting poetry; "poetic diction"
adj. of or relating to style (especially in the use of language); "stylistic devices"
adj. free from pomp or affectation; "comfortable but modest cottages"; "a simple rectangular brick building"; "a simple man with simple tastes"
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