pompous

adjective
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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Many critics, me among them, have lamented 550 Madison’s pompous postmodernism. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Tigerman's death should serve as a wake-up call: Protect the architecture of the recent past," 7 June 2019 And the media here seems to me insufferably pompous and self-regarding. Fox News, "White House outlines strategy to combat meddling threat," 2 Aug. 2018 Enter Jake Gyllenhaal’s Morf Vandewalt (even his name is pretentious), the pompous, obnoxious art critic who has the power to manipulate the art world conversation for his own gain, making and breaking the careers of artists and dealers with glee. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 Here's how to talk about wine without sounding like a pompous jerk. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Talk About Wine Without Sounding Like a Jerk," 7 Dec. 2016 King Lear is the basic structure, if that doesn’t sound too pompous, but with magic wands. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Netflix shares a trailer for its first comic book," 30 May 2018 Unbeknownst to her, pompous gods of island make bet over which is stronger, love or death - stakes being girl's life. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 18-24," 18 June 2018 The Department of Justice is investigating Andrew McCabe now after an Obama appointed IG made a criminal referral, and pompous Cardinal Comey is now being investigated for leaking classified information. Fox News, "Rep. Devin Nunes on possible charges for McCabe, Comey memos," 22 Apr. 2018 Jordan will clearly take a Chad-like role as pompous villain. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Premiere Recap: Not Gonna Say It," 29 May 2018

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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

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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

pompous

adjective
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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