Adjective "grandiose" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extravagantly or pretentiously imposing in appearance or style.
  1. 'Though the facade was listed and couldn't be altered, the inside had not been decorated in the grandiose style of some of its neighbours.'
  2. 'They built extravagant houses, opened grandiose museums and spent not just one, but several, fortunes on art.'
  3. 'A few steps and a porch with classical columns lead to the outer storm doors which themselves in turn open on to an grandiose entrance vestibule.'
  4. 'His successes are commemorated in a number of grandiose effigies, triumphal arches, vast frescoes and victory columns.'
  5. 'grandiose plans to reform the world'
  6. 'Sheridan's initial misgivings about involvement with theatre soon gave way to grandiose ambition.'
  7. 'Now not all sequencing projects are carried out on such grandiose scales as the genome projects.'
  8. 'Sure, the trick may have been done before, but never has it been done on such a grandiose scale.'
  9. 'But those dreams continue, with grandiose plans for dams along the length of the river and its tributaries.'
  10. 'It is likely that the government had grandiose plans for that region.'
  11. 'The latest in a long line of grandiose schemes that have promised to revitalise the city are taking the first steps towards becoming a reality this week.'
  12. 'Most grandiose of all was his plan to convert a small fishing village called Jerudong into a playground both for the royal family and tourists.'
  13. 'So much for grandiose plans to transform Europe into the world's most dynamic and competitive economy by 2010.'
  14. 'He also announced grandiose plans of sending engineers, technicians and drivers to Japan for advanced training.'
  15. 'If nothing else, this current council has shown that it is incapable of spending public money wisely once it's swept up in a grandiose plan.'


1. affectedly grand or important; pompous: grandiose words.

2. more complicated or elaborate than necessary; overblown: a grandiose scheme.

3. grand in an imposing or impressive way.

4. Psychiatry. having an exaggerated belief in one's importance, sometimes reaching delusional proportions, and occurring as a common symptom of mental illnesses, as manic disorder.

More examples(as adjective)

"ideals can be grandiose in conceptions."

"projects can be grandiose."

"schemes can be grandiose."

"plans can be grandiose."

"rhetorics can be grandiose."

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Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian grandioso, from grande ‘grand’.