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[pomp] /pɒmp/
stately or splendid display; splendor; magnificence.
ostentatious or vain display, especially of dignity or importance.
pomps, pompous displays, actions, or things:
The official was accompanied by all the pomps of his high position.
Archaic. a stately or splendid procession; pageant.
Origin of pomp
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin pompa display, parade, procession < Greek pompḗ orig., a sending, akin to pémpein to send
Related forms
pompless, adjective
1. See show. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pomp
  • The event, however, was as rich in politics as it was in pomp.
  • He never danced or joked much, and he dressed frumpily and simply in an era of frilly pomp.
  • Come for the costumes of royal pomp and the damp regal atmosphere.
  • Once again, the awards show blended unbearable pomp with a bid for relevance.
  • His age and experience belied his distaste for pomp.
  • Renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world.
  • His prefaces are masterpieces of pomp and decoration.
  • When private equity was in its pomp, strategic corporate buyers often found themselves priced out of the market.
  • And the occasion was certainly marked with much pomp and ceremony.
  • The presentation went off with all the pomp of a presidential appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for pomp


stately or magnificent display; ceremonial splendour
vain display, esp of dignity or importance
(obsolete) a procession or pageant
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa procession, from Greek pompē; related to Greek pompein to send
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Word Origin and History for pomp

c.1300, from Old French pompe "pomp, magnificence" (13c.) and directly from Latin pompa "procession, pomp," from Greek pompe "solemn procession, display," literally "a sending," from pempein "to send." In Church Latin, used in deprecatory sense for "worldly display, vain show."

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pomp in Medicine

POMP (pē'ō-ěm-pē')
A drug used in cancer chemotherapy and composed of purinethol (6-mercaptopurine), Oncovin (vincristine sulfate), methotrexate, and prednisone.

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Related Abbreviations for pomp


Purinethol, Oncovin, methotrexate, and prednisone
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