Meaning of claptrap

clap•trap

Pronunciation: (klap'trap"), [key]
— n.
  1. pretentious but insincere or empty language: His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap.
  2. any artifice or expedient for winning applause or impressing the public.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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