pompous

adjective pomp·ous \ ˈpäm-pəs \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of pompous

1 :excessively elevated or ornate
  • pompous rhetoric
2 :having or exhibiting self-importance :arrogant
  • a pompous politician
3 :relating to or suggestive of pomp or splendor :magnificent

pompously

adverb

pompousness

noun

Examples of pompous in a Sentence

  1. So as the pictures of flooded shanties flicker by on cable news, uptight neatnik Midwestern Lutherans and sensitive northeastern urban sophisticates and pompous media grandees on both coasts express shock at the unexpected squalor of the poverty and bafflement over the slovenly corruption of the civic institutions. —Rob LongNational Review26 Sept. 2005
  2. President Warren Harding was an orator, but his bloviations were an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea. —Harold EvansNew York Times Book Review11 Nov. 2001
  3. She never allowed her spirit to become, as, say, Henry Adams did, curdled by long exposure to Washington's tawdry and pompous aspects. —George F. WillNewsweek24 May 1999
  4. She found it difficult to talk about her achievements without sounding pompous.

  5. the pompous waiter served us in the manner of a person doing some poor soul a great favor

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Origin and Etymology of pompous

see pomp

pompous Synonyms


POMPOUS Defined for English Language Learners

pompous

adjective

Definition of pompous for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing the attitude of people who speak and behave in a very formal and serious way because they believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people


POMPOUS Defined for Kids

pompous

adjective pomp·ous \ ˈpäm-pəs \

Definition of pompous for Students

:having or showing an attitude of someone who thinks he or she is better than other people a pompous person a pompous manner

pompously

adverb


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