adj USA American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
- Filled or expanded by or as if by gas or air.
- Unduly enlarged or aggrandized; swollen: an inflated estimate; an inflated ego.
- Full of empty or pretentious language; bombastic.
- Raised or expanded to abnormal levels: an inflated economy; inflated wages.
- Hollow and enlarged: an inflated calyx.
adj GB Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991,
better or more important than it really is; exaggerated filled with air
adj. Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd.
- distended with air or gas; swollen.
- puffed up, as with pride.
- turgid or bombastic: inflated prose.
- unduly increased in level or amount: inflated costs.
- Bot. hollow and enlarged or swelled out.
Filled up with or as if with something insubstantial:
flatulent, overblown, tumescent, tumid, turgid, windy.
- raised, high, increased, enormous, unfair, excessive, exaggerated, extravagant, unreasonable, sky-high, inordinate, immoderate They had to buy everything at inflated prices at the ranch store.
– high-flown | high-bombastic –
I N F L A T E D A R C H I T E C T U R E S
Textiles, Membranes, inflated architecture
- exaggerated, excessive, swollen, amplified, hyped, exalted, overblown They had an inflated idea of how good they were.
extravagant, ornamented, high-flown, ornate, fussy, showy, ostentatious, bombastic, hyperbolic, grandiloquent Some of the most inflated prose is held up for ridicule
inflated – pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals); “high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school”; “a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution”
- pretentious – making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; “a pretentious country house”; “a pretentious fraud”; “a pretentious scholarly edition”
inflated – enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness; “a hyperbolic style”
- increased – made greater in size or amount or degree