claptrap

Part of speech: noun

Something designed to evoke applause; cheap or unworthy artifice.

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Usage examples "claptrap":

  1. At tea some one used the word " claptrap." - "Composition-Rhetoric", Stratton D. Brooks.
  2. That is no claptrap phrase- although it may sound so; there is a great historical truth behind it. - "Constructive Imperialism", Viscount Milner.
  3. It is a body which does not care at all about party claptrap, but which does care a great deal about a good argument, from whatever quarter it may proceed. - "Constructive Imperialism", Viscount Milner.