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pompous (adj.)

late 14c., "characterized by exaggerated self-importance or an ostentatiously dignified style," from Old French pompos (14c., Modern French pompeux) and directly from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous," from Latin pompa "pomp" (see pomp). More literal (but less common) meaning "characterized by magnificence and dignity" is attested from early 15c. In 15c. it also could mean "fierce, formidable." Related: Pompously; pompousness.

updated on August 26, 2020

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Definitions of pompous from WordNet

pompous (adj.)
puffed up with vanity; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek;
a pompous speech
pompous (adj.)
characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display;
Synonyms: ceremonious
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