What does grandiose mean?

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ˈgræn diˌoʊsgrandiose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grandioseadjective

    impressive because of unnecessary largeness or grandeur; used to show disapproval

  2. grandiose, hifalutin, highfalutin, highfaluting, hoity-toity, la-di-daadjective

    affectedly genteel


  1. grandioseadjective

    large and impressive, in size, scope or extent

  2. grandioseadjective

    pompous or pretentious

  3. Etymology: From grandiose, from grandioso, from grandis.


  1. grandiose

    In psychology, grandiosity is a nonnormative sense of superiority, uniqueness, or invulnerability. It may be expressed by exaggerated beliefs regarding one's abilities, the belief that few other people have anything in common with oneself, and that one can only be understood by a few, very special people. The personality trait of grandiosity is principally associated with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), but also is a feature in the occurrence and expression of antisocial personality disorder, and the manic and hypomanic episodes of bipolar disorder.


  1. grandiose

    Grandiose refers to something that is impressive, magnificent or ambitious in scope or scale, often to the point of being excessive, pretentious or characterized by pomp. It can also refer to an attempt to appear more important, complex or intricate than necessary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grandioseadjective

    impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid; striking; -- in a good sense

  2. Grandioseadjective

    characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor; flaunting; turgid; bombastic; -- in a bad sense; as, a grandiose style

  3. Etymology: [F. grandiose, It. grandioso. See Grand.]

Anagrams for grandiose »

  1. diagnoser

  2. organdies

  3. organised

  4. sargonide

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grandiose in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grandiose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of grandiose in a Sentence

  1. Fernando Meirelles:

    Athens was about the classics, Beijing was grandiose and muscular, London was smart, and ours - ours will be cool.

  2. Charles Bukowski:

    You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

  3. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    Without sounding too grandiose, the survival of the planet itself is at stake, you have rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, immigration sparked by climate change, droughts that are much more severe.

  4. Fawn M. Brodie:

    Richard Nixon lied to gain love, to shore up his grandiose fantasies, to bolster his ever-wavering sense of identity. He lied in attack, hoping to win and always he lied, and this most aggressively, to deny that he lied.

  5. Loren PQ Baybrook:

    The Oscar pendulum swings between the gritty and the grandiose, just as popular tastes do.

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