pom·​pos·​i·​ty päm-ˈpä-sə-tē How to pronounce pomposity (audio)
plural pomposities
: pompous demeanor, speech, or behavior
: a pompous gesture, habit, or act

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
Recent Examples on the Web As established in Paddington 2, King brings out something special in Grant, somehow coaxing a unique blend of Grant’s rom-com befuddlement and pomposity into a vanity-free sense of abandon. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2023 Comics can garner applause and earn street cred for letting some air out of the pomposity of these events. Brian Lowry, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 All this pomposity, yet it’s come to be known many ’70s hip-hop OGs actually looked down on freestyling as a show of unpreparedness. Jonathan Rowe, Spin, 19 Sep. 2023 Despite an appealing performance by Victor Alli as Jim, who assays a difficult line between kindness and pomposity as a possible suitor to Tom’s sister, Herrin’s decision to play their lengthy tete-a tete by candlelight threatens to extinguish the drama entirely. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 June 2022 The Cardinal could go independent, joining their pal in pomposity, Notre Dame. J. Brady McCollough, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2023 Gene, for all his pomposity, is still grieving Janice. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2023 Her narration is revealing and not; her pomposity is porous, funny. Carolyn Kellogg, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Feb. 2023 Benjamin Harrison, the first to be recorded, in 1889, for instance, had a pomposity of delivery that would doom him today. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pomposity was in 1572

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“Pomposity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomposity. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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