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

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 But there are times, especially in the record’s first half, when the band’s societal broadsides veer into pomposity. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes kicked off the 2022 Oscars — the first time three women have ever had that job — with hilarious jabs at Hollywood pomposity and the culture wars. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 The cavalier pomposity and condescension of that gesture still shock me. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 17 July 2021 Part of his schtick is elevating the unseen everyday to deluxe status, poking fun at the pomposity of the fashion beast. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2022 Swaggering pomposity becomes embarrassed self-deprecation. Darren Franich, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2022 But Thalberg didn’t grasp what had actually worked: the expensive style of the production, pitting the Marxes against the pomposity of opera, and placing Keaton against a full-scale location shoot in New York City. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 The original’s impact has been dimmed in hindsight by its sequels, which landed, one right after the other, as dispiriting duds, crushed by their own pomposity. Adam Sternbergh, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 The sole exception is Roebuck Wright, a food journalist played by Jeffrey Wright with piercing intelligence, along with endearing pomposity, plus a mysterious air of melancholy. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pomposity

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Pomposity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pomposity. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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