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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bombast, fustian, rant, claptrap, blahnoun

    pompous or pretentious talk or writing


  1. Claptrapnoun

    A trick or device to gain applause, especially pretentious but empty rhetoric; humbug.


  1. claptrapnoun

    Empty verbiage or nonsense.

    Etymology: Theater slang, c. 1730, from clap and trap, referring to theatrical techniques or gags used to incite applause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Claptrapnoun

    a contrivance for clapping in theaters

  2. Claptrapnoun

    a trick or device to gain applause; humbug

  3. Claptrapadjective

    contrived for the purpose of making a show, or gaining applause; deceptive; unreal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of claptrap in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of claptrap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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