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Claptrap meaning

claptrap - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. A contrivance for clapping in theaters.
  2. 2. A trick or device to gain applause; humbug.
  3. 3. Contrived for the purpose of making a show, or gaining applause; deceptive; unreal.
  4. 4. Trick to gain applause.

claptrap - examples of usage

  1. As for the pooh- pooh cry of the Tories that the national credit was of no consequence, that a nation could not be in debt to itself, and that their moneyed men would come forward with nineteen shillings in the pound for the support of the war, Defoe treated this claptrap with proper ridicule. - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  2. In still later years Ole Bull seems to have returned again to what might be termed claptrap and trickery in his art, and to have desired rather to excite wonder and curiosity than to charm the sensibilities or to satisfy the requirements of sound musical taste. - "Great Violinists And Pianists", George T. Ferris.
  3. While many found fault with Gottschalk for descending to pure " claptrap" and bravura playing, for using his great powers to merely superficial and unworthy ends, he seemed to retain as great a hold as ever over the masses of concert- goers. - "Great Violinists And Pianists", George T. Ferris.
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