pompous

[pom-puhs]
adjective
1.
characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance: a pompous minor official.
2.
ostentatiously lofty or high-flown: a pompous speech.
3.
characterized by pomp, stately splendor, or magnificence.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Late Latin pompōsus. See pomp, -ous

pompously, adverb
unpompous, adjective
unpompously, adverb
unpompousness, noun


1. pretentious. 2. inflated, turgid, bombastic.
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pompous (ˈpɒmpəs)
 
adj
1.  exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
2.  ostentatiously lofty in style: a pompous speech
3.  rare characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour
 
'pompously
 
adv
 
'pompousness
 
n

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pompous
late 14c., "characterized by exaggerated self-importance," from O.Fr. pompeux, from L.L. pomposus "stately, pompous," from L. pompa "pomp" (see pomp). More literal, but less common, meaning "characterized by pomp" is attested from early 15c.
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Example sentences
I'm never going to buy your book because you sound like a pompous windbag.
Few readers will buy the preposterous plot or the pompous dialogue and
  narrative.
All very high-minded and, in retrospect, more than a little pompous.
Yet even the stellar artwork is not enough to hoist this book out of its
  pompous mire.
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