Definition of claptrap:
style, poppycock, harangue, drivel, garbage, drivel, rigmarole, hooey, words, orotundity, bombast, twaddle, bunk, blather, grandiloquence, ranting, applesauce, turgidity, plain, blah, crap, fustian, rant, bunkum, tomfoolery, baloney, bunk, idiocy, nonsense, tommyrot, nonsense, piffle, trash, knowledge, bull, magniloquence, balderdash, malarkey, rubbish, bilge.
So that if one wanted to get an unprejudiced opinion on some great question of right or wrong, in the consideration of which common sense alone was required- such a question, for instance, as is occasionally cropping up in these times in our foreign policy- one would have to go to the very best men in the country, namely, those amongst the educated classes who think for themselves, or to men of the so- called lowest strata of society, such as these honest Cotswold labourers; because there is scarcely one man in ten among the reading public who is not biassed and confused by the manifold contradictions and political claptrap of the daily papers, and led away by side issues from a clear understanding of the rights of every case.- "A Cotswold Village", J. Arthur Gibbs.
- "Will Warburton", George Gissing.
- "A Hazard of New Fortunes", William Dean Howells.