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1. Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious: pompous officials who enjoy giving orders.
2. Full of high-sounding phrases; bombastic: a pompous proclamation.
3. Archaic Characterized by pomp or stately display: a pompous occasion.

[Middle English, from Old French pompeux, from Late Latin pompōsus, from Latin pompa, pomp; see pomp.]

pom·pos′i·ty (-pŏs′ĭ-tē), pom′pous·ness (-pəs-nĭs) n.
pom′pous·ly adv.
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n, pl -ties
1. vain or ostentatious display of dignity or importance
2. the quality of being pompous
3. ostentatiously lofty style, language, etc
4. a pompous action, remark, etc
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(pɒmˈpɒs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality of being pompous.
2. pompous flaunting of importance.
3. an instance of being pompous, as by ostentatious loftiness of language or behavior.
Also, pomp′ous•ness (-pəs nɪs) (for defs. 1,2).
[1400–50; < Late Latin]
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blimp A pompous reactionary; a dyed-in-the-wool Tory. This British colloquialism was given us by cartoonist David Low and his creation Colonel Blimp, whose name and figure clearly derive from the air-filled dirigibles of the same name.

cock of the walk A leader; the ruling spirit of a group, especially one who is dominating and cocksure. Gamecocks being trained for fighting are put out on a walk with a small group of hens. Here the fighting instinct is developed to the point where one gamecock cannot stand the presence of another. Two placed together will fight to the death. Recorded use of the phrase dates only from the early 19th century, but it is likely that the expression was used long before then.

fuss and feathers See OSTENTATIOUSNESS.

high-muck-a-muck See PERSONAGE.

his nibs See PERSONAGE.


pooh bah A pompous individual. Pooh Bah, a character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (1885), derived a feeling of superiority from the many positions he held. A few of his titles included “First Lord of the Treasury,” “Lord Chief Justice,” “Commander in Chief,” and the all-inclusive “Lord-High-Everything-Else.” Thus pooh bah is currently used of any self-important person who holds several positions at once.

the pope’s mustard maker A pretentious, self-important person. This expression originated in the 14th-century Avignon court of Pope John XXII. The pontiff, whose propensity for luxurious living and exquisite dining was common knowledge throughout Europe, had a particular fondness for mustard seasoning and required all his meals to be so spiced. In order to guarantee that the spicing was done properly, the pope created the office of Moutardier ‘mustard maker,’ which he bestowed upon his nephew. The nephew was so enthralled with the glamor and dignity of the position that he eventually became the target of satire and droll witticisms. The expression Moutardier du Pape ‘the pope’s mustard maker’ is still commonly used in France for a pompous person.

too big for one’s britches Smart-alecky, wise, presumptuous, arrogant, swell-headed; also too big for one’s breeches, boots, etc.

When a man gets too big for his breeches, I say Good-bye. (David Crockett, An Account of Col. Crockett’s Tour to the North and down East, 1835)

A person who has an inordinately high opinion of himself is said to have a swelled head. The same concept underlies this expression in spite of the different point of reference.

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pomposity - lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
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2. grandiloquence, rant, hot air (informal), bombast, fustian, loftiness, turgidity, magniloquence She has no time for political jargon and pomposity.
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[pɒmˈpɒsɪtɪ] Npomposidad f
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[pɒmˈpɒsɪti] nmanières fpl pompeuses
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n (of person)Aufgeblasenheit f, → Wichtigtuerei f; (of attitude, behaviour also, phrase)Gespreiztheit f; (of language, letter, remark)Schwülstigkeit f, → Bombast m
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[pɒmˈpɒsɪtɪ] npomposità
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(pomp) noun
solemn stateliness and magnificence, eg at a ceremonial occasion. The Queen arrived with great pomp and ceremony.
ˈpompous adjective
too grand in manner or speech. The headmaster is inclined to be a bit pompous.
ˈpompously adverb
ˈpompousness noun
pomˈposity (-ˈpo-) noun
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"No!" said the husband, with the absurd pomposity of his tribe.
But though he had a fine flux of words, and delivered his little voice with great pomposity and pleasure to himself, and never advanced any sentiment or opinion which was not perfectly trite and stale, and supported by a Latin quotation; yet he failed somehow, in spite of a mediocrity which ought to have insured any man a success.
For a moment Lord Wetherby seemed somewhat confused, but, pulling himself together, he covered his embarrassment with a pomposity that blended poorly with his horsy appearance.
Personally, he was an intellectual moralist, and more offending to him than platitudinous pomposity was the morality of those about him, which was a curious hotchpotch of the economic, the metaphysical, the sentimental, and the imitative.
'O!' cries Sapsea, picking up the ball thrown to him with ineffable complacency and pomposity; 'yes, yes.
It cannot have been put to him properly." Then, with a certain recovery of fullness and even pomposity in the voice, "I shall go and tell him myself."
I am much indebted to you, sir, for a Scotch bonnet is fitted neither to my years nor my gravity." With a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and strode off upon his way.
Her preoccupied naturalness was in strange contrast to her father's pomposity and to William's military rigidity.
Furthermore, the overblown pomposity of the lyrics masks the intelligence and sensitivity that Cairns displays in interviews - especially when discussing issues rel ating to Therapy?'s native Ulster.
I was lucky enough to grow up with women like her, able to prick pomposity and deflate egos with a killer line.
He brought an airily brittle clarity to the Scarlattian severity of the B minor 32nd Sonata, gently satirising its subtext of affected pomposity. Extraordinarily quirky, this sonata could only benefit from the palpable performing tension which finds its outlet at the ends of Brendel's fingers.
Northern humour pricks pomposity, is generally clean and usually clever.