pompousness

pomposity

[pom-pos-i-tee]
noun, plural pomposities for 3.
1.
the quality of being pompous.
2.
pompous parading of dignity or importance.
3.
an instance of being pompous, as by ostentatious loftiness of language, manner, or behavior.
Also, pompousness [pom-puhs-nis] , (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English pomposite < Late Latin pompōsitās. See pompous, -ity

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pomposity (pɒmˈpɒsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  vain or ostentatious display of dignity or importance
2.  the quality of being pompous
3.  ostentatiously lofty style, language, etc
4.  a pompous action, remark, etc

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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pomposity
early 15c., from L.L. pompositas, from pomposus "stately, pompous" (see pompous). The sense of "ostentatious display" is from 1610s; earlier in Fr. pomposité.
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