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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
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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
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References in classic literature ?
He says of himself with something of pompousness, "I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came."
Then there's ego, hubris, arrogance, braggadocio, chutzpah, vanity, pompousness, smugness, gall, audacity, pride, conceit, narcissism, and a hundred more words that I could add on to try and sound like I'm more intelligent than I actually am.
The Punjab CM travels in full protocol when visiting his hometown, wasting millions of rupees in display of pompousness. Similarly, huge funds continue to be committed to non-development activities.
Arrogance, pompousness and egotism could indicate other than bad manners innocuities.
For Johoreans, the cekak musang symbolises the pompousness of Klang Valley urbanites and a clear sign you come from outside the state - the former wear the teluk belanga instead, with a round-neck collar and just one button.
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.
Additionally in (3) it is not clear whether the person followed the girl alone or with friends as "hum" in Urdu translates to "we" as a collective first person pronoun, and it is also used as a singular first person pronoun when used formally (if used in this manner "hum" also carries the connotations of "pompousness" and is often mocked).
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.
The bill-signing was remarkable in its pompousness. (9) And the Act's influence has pervaded the communications sector.