1. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    an exalted ideal
    argue in terms of high-flown ideals
    a grand purpose
    a noble and lofty concept
  2. 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
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How To Use high-flown In A Sentence

  • But though the embroidery of his conversation was different, the groundwork was the same, and the high-flown and ornate compliments with which the gallant knight of the sixteenth century inter-larded his conversation, were as much the offspring of egotism and self-conceit, as the jargon of the coxcombs of our own days. The Monastery
  • Ms. Albers explains attractions and aesthetic influences in terms of high-flown parallels. A Fiercely Gifted Artist
  • Anyone who has read the Bronte Sisters knows the kind of high-flown passion the Victorians held dear.
  • Setting aside the high-flown rhetoric of the age, the issues raised are with us still.
  • Zelim assumed this was high-flown philosophy, such as only a monk might understand. GALILEE
  • You sense that he doesn't relish conversation about high-flown topics such as the role of the artist in society—maybe because he now shuns the obvious rhetorical gesture in his speech just as he does in his art. For Baldessari, Art Imitates Art
  • And these values are made tangible through people, for people are the heart of a successful institution - not buildings, not high-flown mission statements or even traditions.
  • It contains 823 pages of learned, high-flown, flowery reflections on the glorious if doomed role of the poet in a nasty world, with a high incidence of exclamation marks.
  • high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school
  • Working people should not allow themselves to be deceived by the high-flown speeches, glossy brochures and fireworks displays.
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