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grandiose

 [gran´de-ōs″]
in psychiatry, pertaining to exaggerated belief or claims of one's importance or identity, often manifested by delusions of great wealth, power, or fame.

gran·di·ose

(gran'dē-ōs),
Pertaining to feelings of great importance, expansiveness, or delusions of grandeur.
[It. grandioso, fr. L. grandis, large]
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"I don't like toasted tobacco," I would say very grandiosely when asked why I smoked this particular brand, though I couldn't make out the difference when I lit up first thing in the morning as soon as I woke up.
While unlikely to influence policy-making at the G8 Summit, as Curtis rather grandiosely may hope, his film should win over hearts (if not necessarily minds) among all but the most cynical.
He has an axe to grind, describing himself grandiosely as a personal wealth management expert.
And according to the celebrated Chicago sex survey, only about 28 percent of adults fail to coax themselves to climax, which is roughly the percentage that voted in the Republicans and now grandiosely takes the name "the American people."
And the chain of madrassas for producing fanatics in battalions was laid out with the Arab money by the holy fathers even now gracing the hospitable terrains of our northeastern parts grandiosely. Not even the ISI had had a hand in this enterprise.
He announces grandiosely that he has "no fear at all of public debate on this issue".
The commander of Operation Khanjar, Brigadier-General Larry Nicholson, said grandiosely of his strategy: "Where we go, we will stay, and where we stay we will hold."
An ungainly jumble that strays among several modes--from hysterical domestic comedy to arty, reflective monologues to a grandiosely tragic conclusion--the play ultimately has little to say about its discomfiting subject, a man's professed love for an 8-year-old boy.
Goodman was campaigning for Proposition 187, the grandiosely titled "Save Our State" ballot initiative that, if passed this November and validated by the courts over the next several years, will use strict verification requirements to prevent California's estimated 1.7 million undocumented immigrants from partaking of every form of public welfare including nonemergency medical care, prenatal clinics and public schools.
The horrific terrorist attack on the court complex in Islamabad and the fatal terrorist assault on the paramilitary vehicle in Khyber Agency on the same day brings out chillily how appallingly is out of its depth the ruling hierarchy berthed in the federal capital so grandiosely.
It is an "entirely separate" matter, he announces grandiosely, stating the Irish people will "not be bribed by anybody".
Its mandate, like that of so many Russian organizations, is grandiosely vague: "to promote mutual understanding and trust among nations, to bring together cultures and ideologies on the basis of universal moral principles accepted by civilized humanity." Matskovskii furthermore asserts that the center's foreign partners are "interested in a free and open exchange of opinion on crucial political, economic and social issues." Such descriptions would seem to rule out the Christian right, but Matskovskii is doing a good business in selling its version of morality.