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Definition 1: of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where high-flown or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an exalted ideal
  • argue in terms of high-flown ideals
  • a noble and lofty concept
  • a grand purpose

Synonyms for high-flown in the sense of this definition

(high-flown is similar to ...) having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character

"a noble spirit" "noble deeds"

Definition 2: pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where high-flown or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school
  • a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution

Synonyms for high-flown in the sense of this definition

(high-flown is similar to ...) making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

"a pretentious country house" "a pretentious fraud" "a pretentious scholarly edition"

(high-flown is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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