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[pom-pos-i-tee] /pɒmˈpɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural pomposities for 3.
the quality of being pompous.
pompous parading of dignity or importance.
an instance of being pompous, as by ostentatious loftiness of language, manner, or behavior.
Also, pompousness
[pom-puh s-nis] /ˈpɒm pəs nɪs/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
Origin of pomposity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English pomposite < Late Latin pompōsitās. See pompous, -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pomposity
  • Here is, indeed, the incredible order and pomposity of nineteenth-century military maneuvering.
  • It would also explain the pomposity often demonstrated by said mace bearers.
  • There you go advertising your pomposity and arrogance once again.
  • Both prize the freedoms they enjoy, both are quite pragmatic and individualistic, and both disdain pomposity and arrogance.
  • It's essentially a means for poking fun, for puncturing pomposity.
  • One learns, too, that arrogance is scorned and pomposity will quickly be punctured.
  • Because moral pomposity is almost always a camouflage for baser fears and desires.
British Dictionary definitions for pomposity


noun (pl) -ties
vain or ostentatious display of dignity or importance
the quality of being pompous
ostentatiously lofty style, language, etc
a pompous action, remark, etc
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Word Origin and History for pomposity

early 15c., "pomp, solemnity," from Medieval Latin pompositas, from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous" (see pompous). The sense of "ostentatious display" is from 1610s; earlier in French pomposité.

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