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bluster

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Dictionary Definition of 'bluster'

To speak in a loud and intimidating manner, often intended to assert one's dominance or authority.
"The politician's speech was filled with bluster and empty promises."

Detailed Meaning of 'bluster'

It is characterized by a show of force or noise, and is often accompanied by empty or exaggerated threats. The term can also be used to describe strong winds or storms that are accompanied by loud noises. In a sentence, "The politician's bluster made him popular among his supporters, but many found his behavior off-putting."

History and Etymology of 'bluster'

The verb 'bluster' has its origins in the Middle English word 'blustren,' which meant 'to blow violently' or 'to roar.' It entered the English language in the 16th century. 'Bluster' refers to speaking in a loud and intimidating manner, often intended to assert one's dominance or authority. The etymology of 'bluster' effectively conveys the image of strong winds blowing loudly, emphasizing the forceful and often empty nature of the words or actions involved. Whether used to describe blustering speeches, blustering threats, or blustering behavior, this term underscores the theatrical or bombastic quality of someone trying to appear more powerful or influential than they may actually be.

Examples of 'bluster' in a Sentence

1. The bullies would bluster to intimidate their peers, masking their insecurities.
2. The storm clouds gathered, ready to bluster across the landscape.
3. The angry customer would bluster at the poor service, demanding resolution.
4. He likes to bluster about his expertise, even when his knowledge is limited.
5. The captain's booming voice would bluster across the ship, conveying orders.
6. The opposition party would bluster about their policies, vying for support.
7. The salesman would bluster to convince customers, exaggerating product benefits.
8. She would bluster when caught in a lie, attempting to deflect attention.
9. The lecturer would bluster about research findings, aiming to impress the audience.
10. The cold winter wind would bluster through the streets, sending a chill.
11. He would bluster about his achievements, seeking admiration from others.
12. The child would bluster to appear brave, masking their fear.
13. The CEO would bluster during meetings, asserting dominance among colleagues.
14. The wind would bluster against the house, rattling windows and doors.

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