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 But undercutting any suggestion of pomposity is Schwimmer’s narration, which blends straightforward information and attempted yuks. oregonlive, "Discovery Plus nature documentaries offer visual splendor -- and David Schwimmer joking about his mom’s brisket," 13 Jan. 2021 Lüscher’s style, a hybrid of intellectual posturing and absurd slapstick, is sharply translated by Tess Lewis, who captures Kraft’s pomposity and the indefatigable march of German syntax. Washington Post, "In ‘Kraft,’ German author Jonas Lüscher pokes fun at Silicon Valley’s shiny elitism and rabid faith in technology," 18 Nov. 2020 There will be plenty more rhetoric, pomposity and grandiloquence in the next few weeks as negotiations between the union and MLB get hot and heavy. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: MLB players are prepared to play 2020 season ... but on one condition," 13 May 2020 At least that’s how Duke de Wand (Baptiste Pinteaux) — a figure whose particularly Gallic pomposity is almost funny — puts it. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Liberté’ Review: A Miserable Orgy From the Provocateur Albert Serra," 30 Apr. 2020 Doyle enjoys poking fun at Doyle, his habit of making sure his books are stocked at various bookstores, his dour pomposity. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘Threshold’ Resurrects the Angry, Ambitious Young Man," 25 Mar. 2020 One gorgeous gray ink painting of a fish dates back to the 13th century, but wears a fresh expression of comic pomposity that would easily fit in a TV cartoon. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "Undaunted, Asia Week Forges Ahead," 12 Mar. 2020 Most sane people who attend public architecture panels will roll their eyes at least occasionally at the pomposity or vaporous pretension of some panelist or other, but that is hardly grounds for blanket exclusion of professional opinion. Washington Post, "New architectural guidelines would make America look ridiculous again," 6 Feb. 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

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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 24 Feb. 2021.

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