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pompous

[pom-puh s] /ˈpɒm pəs/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Late Latin pompōsus. See pomp, -ous
Related forms
pompously, adverb
unpompous, adjective
unpompously, adverb
unpompousness, noun
Synonyms
1. pretentious. 2. inflated, turgid, bombastic.
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British Dictionary definitions for pompously

pompous

/ˈpɒmpəs/
adjective
1.
exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
2.
ostentatiously lofty in style: a pompous speech
3.
(rare) characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour
Derived Forms
pompously, adverb
pompousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pompously

pompous

adj.

late 14c., "characterized by exaggerated self-importance," from Old French pompos (14c., Modern French pompeux) and directly from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous," from Latin pompa "pomp" (see pomp). More literal (but less common) meaning "characterized by pomp" is attested from early 15c. Related: Pompously.

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