pom·​pos·​i·​ty | \ päm-ˈpä-sə-tē How to pronounce pomposity (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Grove’s text is clear, practical and free of both pomposity and jargon. The Economist, "Bartleby From the cradle to the Grove," 30 Jan. 2020 Some of his most memorable work focused on mocking the pomposity and dubious ethics of powerful men. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — Dana Fradon, whose sophisticated and occasionally absurd lampoons of businessmen, politicians, and lawyers helped define The New Yorker’s postwar comic voice, died on Oct. 3 at his home in Woodstock, N.Y. He was 97.," 17 Oct. 2019 Some of his most memorable work focused on mocking the pomposity and dubious ethics of powerful men. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dana Fradon, Prolific New Yorker Cartoonist, Is Dead at 97," 15 Oct. 2019 Most obviously and perhaps most surprisingly, Roman (Kieran Culkin) emerged as a critic of empty snark and pomposity. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "One More Thought on Succession’s Ridiculous Banter," 15 Oct. 2019 But money is the only thing behind this — besides, perhaps, a dose of pomposity. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Ohio State keeps giving Michigan fans reasons to hate it," 18 Aug. 2019 Her portrait of the parasitic relationship between fans and their idols is hilarious; her take on the record business exposes an industry of endemic pomposity and abuse. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "In Nell Zink’s ‘Doxology,’ D.C. punk and modern politics collide," 19 Aug. 2019 All of the interaction between Charlie and his parents – done within the confines of their spacious kitchen – are a mixture of satire, pomposity, tolerance/intolerance – and a generous dose of hypocrisy. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Review: So many layers in Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘Admissions’," 9 Sep. 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room – headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) – live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Thompson, Kaling drive ‘Late Night’ with brilliant chemistry," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of pomposity

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pomposity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomposity. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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