pom·pos·i·ty | \päm-ˈpä-sə-tē \
plural pomposities

Definition of pomposity 

1 : pompous demeanor, speech, or behavior

2 : a pompous gesture, habit, or act

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Examples of pomposity in a Sentence

restaurant reviews that are written with a pomposity that will leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth his over-the-top trophy mansion should give you some idea of his pomposity

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Our truly fearless leader's criticism of the almost snickering pomposity in Europe and the UN is long overdue. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 The pomposity genes that so many politicians carry seem to have passed him by. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "The John McCain I Know," 1 June 2018 One of the darkest comedies ever created about the art world covering issues of race, class, gender and pomposity. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "What to do around Louisville this week: Janet Jackson, Santa, speakeasy party & more," 29 Nov. 2017 Garcia, both bestowing and receiving paternal advice, differentiates between father and son with help from a pair of eyeglasses and an air of British pomposity. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Shaw's 'Saint Joan': A marathon for four actors, and the audience," 9 Apr. 2018 There is a certain power in laughing at the absurdity of evil totalitarianism, which is propped up by pomp and propaganda — Iannucci illustrates that well with the grandeur and pomposity of Stalin’s funeral. Katie Walsh, idahostatesman, "Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ a mix of absurd, tragic comedy | Idaho Statesman," 5 Apr. 2018 The power, the pomposity, the fun of commanding a room. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Franz Ferdinand Nearly Called It Quits—and Came Back Brasher and Gutsier Than Ever," 7 Feb. 2018 Even as her fame increased, so did the attacks against her, from accusations of pomposity to charges of contempt, obscenity and sedition. Ron Charles, The Mercury News, "Arundhati Roy’s “Ministry” is worth the 20-year wait," 7 June 2017 Jokes are the sword otherwise powerless people can use to puncture pomposity. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Men Need to Stop Telling Women to "Take a Joke"," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pomposity

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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