The Collaborative International Dictionary
bloviate \blo"vi*ate\ (bl[=o]"v[i^]*[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
bloviated (bl[=o]"v[i^]*[=a]*t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
To orate pompously; -- used especially of politicians and
--Frank Rich (N. Y. Times Jan. 6, 1999, p. A23) -- blo"vi*a*tor, n. -- blo"vi*a*tion, n.
``We've had almost three weeks of lawyers bloviating
about what the facts in the case are,'' Mr. Rogan said.
``Wouldn't it be easier to bring the witnesses?''
--Quoted by Eric Schmitt in (The New York Times), Jan 22, 1999, p. A15.
Bloviation is a style of empty, pompous political speech particularly associated with Ohio due to the term's popularization by United States President Warren G. Harding, who, himself a master of the technique, described it as "the art of speaking for as long as the occasion warrants, and saying nothing". The verb "to bloviate" is the act of creating bloviation. In terms of its etymology, according to one source, the word is a "compound of blow, in its sense of 'to boast' (also in another typical Americanism, blowhard), with a mock- Latin ending to give it the self-important stature implicit in its meaning.".
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"pompous oratory," 1857; noun of action; see bloviate.
Usage examples of "bloviation".
Jess was thrilled to think that he had just seen this much-sought-after man at home in his galluses while the press, eyes and voice to the people, must content themselves with a mere formal glimpse, a brief bloviation, Harding’s favorite noun to describe speechifying, and a mystery.