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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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Noun1.pompousness - lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
inelegance - the quality of lacking refinement and good taste


Boastful self-importance or display:
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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
References in classic literature ?
He says of himself with something of pompousness, "I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came.
Levity aside, the answer reveals the pompousness and vacuity of each and every economic theory.
On the heels of the Second World War, the fresh palette of the Scandinavian style that first debuted at the 1947 edition of the Triennale di Milano offered stark contrast to the nautical leanings of the neo-American aesthetic and the pompousness of European offerings.
It's at times like this I realise she's my perfect companion, a constant pin to prick my pompousness.
The bombastic oratory of moralists and the inflated pompousness of party programs are significant as such.
All in all, one of the most heartening trends in TV is the renewed use of genre storytelling to spin tales of female empowerment that are complicated, surprising, and take the emotional lives of their characters seriously without falling into the traps of pompousness or smug superiority.
Ong's material makes this clear without the pompousness and sentimentality that are usually found in similar material.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Just as I was watching Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an's show of force in the German city of Cologne -- whipping up his 20,000 fans with archaic nationalism, pompousness, divisive rhetoric bordering on demagoguery -- and reflecting on its sociological aspects, I had my eye, too, on the tweets dripping in from the Cannes International Film Festival.
Just like Christoph and his salon, the aesthetic is high end without all the pompousness of some salons and brands.
I LISTENED in part to the speech George Osborne made at the beginning of the week and was shocked by the pompousness and arrogance of what he said and surprised that the workers gathered around did not walk out as he spoke.
There are many things in Mozart's music, but pompousness is not among them.