What does the word bombast mean?

Usage examples for bombast

  1. But, with respect to Shakespeare, whom I have not read for thirty years, is he not rather given to bombast, " crackling bombast," as I think I have said in one of my essays? – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow
  2. It was all a kind of idolatry which revolted the strict Christians; and in Augustin, even at this time, it must have offended the candour of a soul which detested exaggeration and bombast. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand