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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grandiose  \Gran"di*ose"\,  a.  [F.  grandiose,  It  grandioso.  See 
  {Grand}.] 
  1.  Impressive  or  elevating  in  effect;  imposing;  splendid; 
  striking;  --  in  a  good  sense 
 
  The  tone  of  the  parts  was  to  be  perpetually  kept 
  down  in  order  not  to  impair  the  grandiose  effect  of 
  the  whole.  --M.  Arnold. 
 
  The  grandiose  red  tulips  which  grow  wild.  --C. 
  Kingsley. 
 
  2.  Characterized  by  affectation  of  grandeur  or  splendor; 
  flaunting;  turgid;  bombastic;  --  in  a  bad  sense  as  a 
  grandiose  style. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grandiose 
  adj  1:  impressive  because  of  unnecessary  largeness  or  grandeur; 
  used  to  show  disapproval 
  2:  affectedly  genteel  [syn:  {hifalutin},  {highfalutin},  {highfaluting}, 
  {hoity-toity},  {la-di-da}] 




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