bloviate lo"vi*ate (bl[=o]"v[i^]*[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {bloviated} (bl[=o]"v[i^]*[=a]*t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {bloviating} (bl[=o]"v[i^]*[=a]*t[i^]ng).] To orate pompously; -- used especially of politicians and news commentators. --Frank Rich (N. Y. Times Jan. 6, 1999, p. A23) -- {blo"vi*a*tor}, n. -- {blo"vi*a*tion}, n. [PJC]

``We've had almost three weeks of lawyers bloviating about what the facts in the case are,'' Mr. Rogan said. ``Wouldn't it be easier to bring the witnesses?'' --Quoted by Eric Schmitt in (The New York Times), Jan 22, 1999, p. A15.

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