high-sounding high-sounding


  • (adj) pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)



  1. But they were more like Grand Dukes than Czars: under their high-sounding titles, divided authority and lack of direction left them still snarled in invisible red tape.
  2. Within the capital, Costa Ricans who could not find their high-sounding sidewalks strained to watch from office windows and balconies.
  3. The trouble probably lies in an indirectivay of teaching with high-sounding theo-ogical terms instead of plain talk, which he chaplains found more effective.


  • Congress To Eliminate The Debt By Not Counting It Anymore...

    Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog , You know the old rule of thumb about laws– The more high-sounding the legislation, the more destructive its consequences. Case in point, HR 3293– the recently introduced Debt Limit Reform Act . Sounds great, right? After all, reforming the debt seems like a terrific idea. Except that’s not what the bill really does. They’re not reforming anything ...
    on October 30, 2013     Source: Zero Hedge


  1. Mr Annan said: "This hall has heard enough high-sounding declarations to last us for some decades to come. We all know what the problems are and we all know what we have promised to achieve. What is needed now is not more declarations or promises,...
    on Mar 20, 2005 By: Kofi Annan Source: BBC News

  2. "All one hears is high-sounding rhetoric, giving false hopes to the people, as if a politician can develop the country in exclusion of individual participation and hard work of every Kenyan. While imagination and creativity are in order, pragmatism...
    on Aug 28, 2007 By: Daniel arap Moi Source: People's Daily Online

  3. "That is why I said in my speech 'Maana ki badi-badi baatein karna hamen nahin aaya, magar dil par badi kaarigari se naam likhte hain' (I may not be good at high-sounding rhetoric. But I know how to earn goodwill)," Prasad said.
    on Feb 26, 2007 By: Lalu Prasad Source: Times of India

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