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pomposity

[pom-pos-i-tee] /pɒmˈpɒs ɪ ti/
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-puh s-nis] /ˈpɒm pəs nɪs/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English pomposite < Late Latin pompōsitās. See pompous, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for pompousness

pomposity

/pɒmˈpɒsɪtɪ/
noun (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
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Word Origin and History for pompousness

pomposity

n.

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.

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