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speech too pompous for an occasion; pretentious words.
Obsolete. cotton or other material used to stuff garments; padding.
Obsolete, bombastic.
Contemporary Examples

VIDEO: What Do Israelis Wish For Iranians? Elisheva Goldberg August 4, 2013
GOP Still Desperate for White Knight Despite Romney’s Michigan, Arizona Wins Michelle Cottle February 28, 2012
Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force Marlow Stern June 14, 2013
Oswald’s Mother Was a Thoroughly Disagreeable Piece of Work Steve North November 16, 2013
A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash Kevin Fallon October 29, 2013

Historical Examples

Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Tobias Smollett Oliphant Smeaton
Raemaekers’ Cartoons Louis Raemaekers
Eastern Nights – and Flights Alan Bott
Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris Henry Labouchre

pompous and grandiloquent language
(obsolete) material used for padding


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