From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grandiose \Gran"di*ose"\, a. [F. grandiose, It. grandioso. See
   1. Impressive or elevating in effect; imposing; splendid;
      striking; -- in a good sense.
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            The tone of the parts was to be perpetually kept
            down in order not to impair the grandiose effect of
            the whole.                            --M. Arnold.
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            The grandiose red tulips which grow wild. --C.
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   2. Characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor;
      flaunting; turgid; bombastic; -- in a bad sense; as, a
      grandiose style.
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