pomp·​ous | \ ˈpäm-pəs How to pronounce pompous (audio) \

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

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Other Words from pompous

pompously adverb
pompousness noun

Examples of pompous in a Sentence

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 Long, National Review, 26 Sept. 2005 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 Evans, New York Times Book Review, 11 Nov. 2001 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. Will, Newsweek, 24 May 1999 She found it difficult to talk about her achievements without sounding pompous. the pompous waiter served us in the manner of a person doing some poor soul a great favor
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Recent Examples on the Web And if your boyfriend isn’t too pompous and self-absorbed to find ways to communicate with your parents, then things will turn out OK. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Boyfriend’s background may rub parents the wrong way," 23 Oct. 2019 This satire was so consistently spot on in its portrayal of both the pompous and ordinary characters in real-life Silicon Valley. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "‘Silicon Valley’ Ends With a Whimper," 9 Dec. 2019 In Harriet, Millennial hindsight and historical revision come off as pompous and patronizing. Armond White, National Review, "Harriet: A ‘Slave Land’ Thrill Ride," 6 Nov. 2019 Critics take a less benign view, seeing him as a destructive force, a pompous and partisan figure in a job that requires strict neutrality, and so nothing less than a menace to parliamentary democracy. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Speaker John Bercow Bows Out, Loved and Loathed. Much Like Brexit.," 31 Oct. 2019 The movie is West at his most pompous and arty, with long shots of dandelions blowing in the breeze, a deer scampering through a field, dark clouds billowing over mountains. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Kanye West's 'Jesus is King' is spiritual, self-indulgent – and delayed yet again," 25 Oct. 2019 More than once, this listener couldn’t help but smile as soloists on violin, clarinet, and trumpet voiced songs of almost pompous grandeur. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra models smart planning with Mahler, Neuwirth combo," 27 Sep. 2019 The process, known as proroguing, usually passes without much notice, except for the pompous rituals and antiquarian costumes that accompany it. BostonGlobe.com, "When a security team finally tore the lawmakers away, the speaker, John Bercow, remained studiously seated, causing one of the BBC commentators to marvel under her voice, “He’s not going to go.”," 11 Sep. 2019 Jones makes the Chief Factor a pompous twit without resorting to caricature, while Shepherd is similarly measured in conveying the Captain's sense of smart superiority. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'First Cow': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pompous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pompous

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“Pompous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompously. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pompous

disapproving : 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


pomp·​ous | \ ˈpäm-pəs How to pronounce pompous (audio) \

Kids Definition of pompous

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

Other Words from pompous

pompously adverb

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