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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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  • Being hymns of joy, they called forth all the ceremony and spectacle of ecclesiastical 532 / 472 pomp.

    The Story of the Hymns and Tunes Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
  • No pomp of funeral was, indeed, necessary for such a person.

  • He had seen Ninus in pride and pomp of warlike power, Pharaoh dazzling in the blaze of his golden throne.

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • To draw out the pomp and circumstance of opening the conference?

    The Outbreak of Peace Horace Brown Fyfe
  • After centuries of pomp and power, the great East India Company had been deprived of its last exclusive rights afloat in 1833.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Related Abbreviations for pomp


Purinethol, Oncovin, methotrexate, and prednisone
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