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pompous

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmpəs
 
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Definition of pompous in English:

adjective

1Affectedly grand, solemn, or self-important: a pompous ass who pretends he knows everything
More example sentences
  • You also said that your Dad always taught you that being pompous and self-important was just about the greatest sin of all.
  • Keith was painted as patronising and pompous, with a grandiose idea of her own importance.
  • Still, many Panelists who accepted the usage also remarked that it was pretentious or pompous.
Synonyms
self-important, imperious, overbearing, domineering, magisterial, pontifical, sententious, grandiose, affected, stiff, pretentious, puffed up, arrogant, vain, haughty, proud, conceited, egotistic, supercilious, condescending, patronizing
informal snooty, uppity, uppish
informal highfalutin, windy
2 archaic Characterized by pomp or splendour: processions and other pompous shows
More example sentences
  • The pompous, splendid Library, on the other hand, visually overwhelms its contents.
  • Walton is splendidly pompous and circumstantial when extolling the Babylonian gods.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French pompeux 'full of grandeur', from late Latin pomposus, from pompa 'pomp'.

Derivatives

pompously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Indeed, the pompously Latin motto of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland is ‘fiant secundum descriptionem bona’ - let the product accord with its description.
  • There is a story in your family in which a local squire once reminded your grandfather rather pompously that ‘I came over with the Normans.’
  • Carlton is bending facts here in an area he often pompously claims first-hand knowledge.

pompousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I'm all for good satire, the sharp and perceptive deflating of pretense, pompousness or deceit.
  • The five-day-long 2003 ceremony was in fact a festival in which all the pompousness and luxurious attitude of the ashram was reflected.
  • At the same time he lacked the pompousness and standoffish attitude which is the way of some foreign correspondents.

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