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Definition(s):

  1. (adj) pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
  2. (adj) of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style

Usage(s):

  1. His sculptures seldom tell a story, never illustrate any high-flown saw or slogan.
  2. He was denounced as a betrayer of official secrets, a traitor to Woodrow Wilson, because he dared to criticize that President's high-flown peace plans.
  3. She was sarcastic, mocking Obama's high-flown rhetoric, in Rhode Island.

News

  • Tom Elias: Same old self-interest, wrapped in the flag

    Never mind the high-flown rhetoric of a new Silicon Valley push on immigration. The campaign is using the same old say-anything political tactics that all big-money groups use to promote their own self-interest.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Record Searchlight

Quotes

  1. "Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election," Palin says. "Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things. And then there is the...
    on Sep 3, 2008 By: Sarah Palin Source: Christian Broadcasting Network

  2. "He would occasionally speak some high-flown talk of democracy, but that was just to keep up his image as a man of the people, to win the affection of the people on behalf of the Party, but the charade was never to become a reality," Bao wrote....
    on Dec 29, 2008 By: Bao Tong Source: Salem-News.Com

  3. He said Cameron spoke "wonderfully about idealism and principle. But we've got to explain what that means. We cannot get by with high-flown words."
    on Nov 4, 2005 By: David Cameron Source: Bloomberg

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