Part of speech: noun

The act of inflating; figuratively, bombast.

Part of speech: noun

Overissue, as of currency.

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Usage examples "inflation":

  1. The shop- keepers and the hotel proprietors, and indeed anybody who can find any possible excuse for doing so, have trebled the price of their goods, pleading that the inflation is due to the siege. - "The Siege of Mafeking (1900)", J. Angus Hamilton.
  2. If she fell to him, the next in precedence was bestowed upon me, and there might not be a pin to choose between them for phlegm and inflation. - "The Pool in the Desert", Sara Jeanette Duncan.
  3. Recent students agree, in the main, that his prophecies were fulfilled; and a common estimate of the probable increase in the cost of the war through the use of paper money and the consequent inflation of prices is $ 600, 000, 000. There was much more financial legislation in 1862; but Chase continued to stand aside and allow Congress the lead in establishing an excise law, an increase in the income tax, and a higher tariff- the last of which was necessitated by the excise law which has been described as a bill " that taxed everything." - "Abraham Lincoln and the Union A Chronicle of the Embattled North, Volume 29 In The Chronicles Of America Series", Nathaniel W. Stephenson.