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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
delusions of grandeur
▪ At first sight it would appear that the world of hip-hop is suffering from delusions of grandeur.
▪ But these were delusions of grandeur.
▪ Even if social analysis is something which everyone does, those who engage in it professionally are still tempted by delusions of grandeur.
▪ In the acute excitement stages, when delusions of grandeur, loquacity and hyperactivity prevail, the patients require physical restraint.
▪ Maybe I had delusions of grandeur.
▪ No, the 42-year-old composer does not suffer from delusions of grandeur.
▪ Once again, he was suffering from delusions of grandeur.
▪ The classical progression is then to delusions of grandeur with absurd claims of past and present achievements.
▪ And a place of grandeur, such as a four-block street with cathedrals at either end.
▪ Delusions of grandeur, of course.
▪ It is foreign domesticity and local grandeur.
▪ Ortiz is capable of investing the simplest melody with qualities of grandeur.
▪ The classical progression is then to delusions of grandeur with absurd claims of past and present achievements.
▪ There are admirers of rugged grandeur who are content merely to survey the scene from easy points of vantage.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Grandeur \Gran"deur\, n. [F., fr. grand. See Grand.] The state or quality of being grand; vastness; greatness; splendor; magnificence; stateliness; sublimity; dignity; elevation of thought or expression; nobility of action.

Nor doth this grandeur and majestic show Of luxury . . . allure mine eye.

Syn: Sublimity; majesty; stateliness; augustness; loftiness. See Sublimity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, "loftiness, height," from Middle French grandeur "grandness, greatness," Old French grandor (12c.), from grand "great" (see grand (adj.)). Extended sense of "majesty, stateliness" is first recorded 1660s.


n. 1 The state of being grand or splendid; magnificence. 2 nobility. 3 (context archaic rare English) greatness; largeness; tallness; loftiness.

  1. n. the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand [syn: magnificence, brilliance, splendor, splendour, grandness]

  2. the quality of being exalted in character or ideals or conduct [syn: nobility, magnanimousness]


Grandeur may refer to:

  • 70 mm Grandeur film
  • Hyundai Grandeur, a car introduced in 1986
  • Grandeur of the Seas, a cruise ship placed in service in 1996
  • Delusions of grandeur (megalomania)
    • Delusions of Grandeur (novel), a Star Wars book in the Young Jedi Knights series
  • " Oh! The Grandeur", a 1999 indie rock album by Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire

Usage examples of "grandeur".

New England shall have risen to its intended grandeur, it shall be as carefully recorded among the registers of the literati that Adams flourished in the second century after the exode of its first settlers from Great Britain, as it is now that Cicero was born in the six-hundred-and-forty-seventh year after the building of Rome.

That the Universe might endure throughout an aera at all commensurate with the grandeur of its component material portions and with the high majesty of its spiritual purposes, it was necessary that the original atomic diffusion be made to so inconceivable an extent as to be only not infinite.

Madame Montoni, meantime, as she looked upon Italy, was contemplating in imagination the splendour of palaces and the grandeur of castles, such as she believed she was going to be mistress of at Venice and in the Apennine, and she became, in idea, little less than a princess.

It stood there in its grandeur on the mountain cliff, And mirrored in the ocean wave its lofty brow, While round about it, like a zone of beauteous flowers, Far stretched the dale of Balder with its sighing groves.

Our first twenty-one miles to Twin Lakes, at the best speed, with good horses, occupied eight hours, three of which, in the middle of the night, were passed under deluging rain accompanied by thunder and lightning of the most appalling grandeur, thumping in the shelterless wagon over stumps and bogholes through the dreary woods.

The best he could ever be was a third-rate cardsharp, no matter how many delusions of grandeur he carried around with him.

Borodin had turned in prophetic ecstasy upon modern Russia and bade it ring its bells and sound its chants, bade it push onward with its old faith and vigor, since the Slavonic grandeur and glory were assured.

Even assuming that their special malaises are wholly offset by the effects of alcoholism in the male, they suffer patently from the same adenoids, gastritis, cholelithiasis, nephritis, tuberculosis, carcinoma, arthritis and so on--in short, from the same disturbances of colloidal equilibrium that produce religion, delusions of grandeur, democracy, pyaemia, night sweats, the yearning to save humanity, and all other such distempers in men.

For all of their attempts at grandeur, none of them could come close to matching the elegance Lierin had in her little finger.

I had done my best to keep it home-like, hoping for a restoration of the relative simplicity of the suburban villa this palace had once been, but the architects were infected with the new notions of Constantinian grandeur, and only in this room, whose walls were hung with British weavings, and where striped British rugs covered the cold mosaic floor, did I feel truly warm enough to keep at bay the periodic attacks of shortened breath that plagued me in the winter.

The three-tier Czechoslovakian crystal chandelier was the only reminder of its once resplendent grandeur.

The Orsovan dell is the culminating point of all the beauty and grandeur of the Danubian hills.

Thee, O my God, that Thou hast aided me to remember Thee and to praise Thee, and hast made known unto me Him Who is the Dayspring of Thy signs, and hast caused me to bow down before Thy Lordship, and humble myself before Thy Godhead, and to acknowledge that which hath been uttered by the Tongue of Thy grandeur.

Too much beauty for my deracinated spirit, too much grandeur and immensity.

Upon reaching the plateau, I averted my eyes, in accordance with the advice of one of the more austere contributors to the Guide, from the Disneyesque grandeurs of the Palace and turned somewhat at random into the network of narrow streets which constitutes the old town of Monaco.