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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals);
- Example: "high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school"
- Example: "a high-sounding dissertation on the means to attain social revolution"
[syn: high-flown, high-sounding, inflated]

2. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style;
- Example: "an exalted ideal"
- Example: "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks
- Example: "a noble and lofty concept"
- Example: "a grand purpose"
[syn: exalted, elevated, sublime, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, idealistic, noble-minded]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

High-flown \High"-flown`\, a. 1. Elevated; proud. "High-flown hopes." --Denham. [1913 Webster] 2. Turgid; extravagant; bombastic; inflated; as, high-flown language. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

high-flown adj 1: 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" [syn: high-flown, high- sounding, inflated] 2: of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style; "an exalted ideal"; "argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks; "a noble and lofty concept"; "a grand purpose" [syn: exalted, elevated, sublime, grand, high-flown, high-minded, lofty, rarefied, rarified, idealistic, noble-minded]