V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. large, grand, and impressive, but sometimes also pretentious or unrealistic; 2. larger and containing more detail than necessary, or intended to seem important or splendid

Synonyms: pretentious, ostentatious, pompous, magnificent, regal, stately, impressive, grand, unrealistic, overblown, extravagant

Antonyms: modest, simple, ordinary

Tips: Grandiose is often used with a negative connotation to criticize something that is overly elaborate, showy, or unrealistic. A common use for the word is when referring to overly complicated and unrealistic plans--grandiose plans.

Usage Examples:

As a teenager, he had formed many grandiose plans about becoming rich and famous, but none of them came to pass. (elaborate, unrealistic)

The sight of the grandiose ballroom took our breath away. (grand, magnificent)

He fancied himself as a visionary, but his ideas were all grandiose and could never be implemented. (grand, unrealistic)

He made a grandiose arrival to his high school reunion, in a large, convertible Bentley, which he rented in hopes of impressing his old classmates. (grand, pompous, regal)

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