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 Larry Fessenden — another horror legend, both in front of and behind the camera — plays Jakob, a pompous preacher with a conservative streak. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Chemistry between Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden fuels ‘Jakob’s Wife’," 14 Apr. 2021 Establishment politicians and media can be condescending, so a sharp voice willing to puncture pompous egos would be welcome. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Gutfeld!' review: Fox News talk show lives in glass house when critiquing Trump-obsessed media," 13 Apr. 2021 Sent around the world as a representative of Britain, Philip became known for puncturing pompous diplomatic events with aristocratic bluntness. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Prince Philip, a Man of His Time," 9 Apr. 2021 Now the spaces for discourse are more democratized, immediate and toxic than a pompous dinner. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s ‘Malmkrog’ is a dense treatise in fancy dress," 8 Apr. 2021 Disraeli could never resist the temptation to poke fun at the priggish and pompous, who were hardly in short supply in Victorian England. The Economist, "What Boris Johnson has in common with Benjamin Disraeli," 27 Mar. 2021 Here’s a pompous man whose virtuosity of the sport is never questioned, even if the arrival of a certain someone (Adam Sandler) threatens to topple his No. 1 status and matching monochromatic neutrals. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Christopher McDonald Answers Every Question We Have About Happy Gilmore," 25 Feb. 2021 With different styles and pompous attitudes, each character makes a strong impression. Autumn Wright, Wired, "What Hades Can Teach Us About Ancient Greek Masculinity," 16 Jan. 2021 Saturday, a gentle, tempering influence on the sometimes pompous King Friday XIII. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Joanne Rogers, memory-keeper of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ dies at 92," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Apr 2021

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“Pompous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pompous. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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