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Definition of "claptrap" [clap•trap]

  • Pretentious, insincere, or empty language: "I hate ... that air/Of claptrap, which your recent poets prize” ( Byron). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "claptrap" in a sentence
  • "Trying to shame me with religious claptrap is less useful than tits on a boar."
  • "For those who believe this claptrap from the likes of Al Gore and his climate change scientific wizards, than go right now and junk your vehicles and walk, move out of your carbon polluting homes and live in a tent or find a cave."
  • "This claptrap is ideological, rigid and disconnected from reality:"