Definitions

rhodomontade

Rodomontade

[rod-uh-mon-teyd, -tahd, -muhn-, roh-duh-]
Rodomontade rod-uh-muhn-TADE; roh-duh-muhn-TAHD is a mass noun meaning boastful talk or behavior. The term is a reference to Rodomonte, a character in Italian Renaissance epic poems Orlando innamorato and its sequel Orlando furioso.

Examples of use

They [the free trappers] pronounced the captain the finest fellow in the world, and his men all bon garçons, jovial lads, and swore they would pass the day with them. They did so, and a day it was, of boast, and swagger, and rodomontade.

  • The word, with its alternative spelling (rhodomontade) is quoted in John Lukacs book Five Days in London May 1940. While describing the tempestous days of Churchill's first weeks in office, Lukacs quotes Alex Cadogan, a bureaucrat with the Foreign Office, counselling Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax who was complaining that he could no longer work with Churchill. Cadogan said:

Nonsense: his rhodomontades probably bore you as much as they do me, but don't do anything silly under the stress of that.

  • William F. Buckley used the word in a May 29, 1995 column in the National Review entitled "What does Clinton have in mind? - Pres. Clinton's attack on conservative radio broadcasts"; Buckley, asking rhetorically who Clinton was attacking, cited one theory:

The best those commentators could do who appeared on the MacNeil - Lehrer program was to quote an imprudent remark by Gordon Liddy, but what he said — that if any official came to his house to requisition his pistol, he'd better shoot straight — was more rodomontade than a call to arms or hatred.

  • William Makepeace Thackeray uses the word to describe a letter written by the eponymous hero of 'The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.'.

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