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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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  • "I should have expressed my displeasure if I had felt it," said his father with all the pomposity that was natural to him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • What we ought to be afraid of is not seriousness and earnestness, but of solemnity and pomposity.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • He unbuttoned, so to speak, the two bottom buttons of the waistcoat of pomposity which he wore.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • If he spoke with pomposity she answered with disdain, and if he was dictatorial she was arrogant.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • Pope's couplet again may possibly best convey the pomposity of some Idylls and the point of others.

    Theocritus Theocritus
  • With some pomposity of manner the English detective produced a fat note-book.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • Horned heads, short-arched necks, and held-in chins abundantly told of pride and pomposity.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • He becomes intoxicated by the protuberance of his own pomposity.

  • Yes, I have the pleasure of saying pretension and pomposity do have a wonderful effect here in New York.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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