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ˈpɒm pəspompous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grandiloquent, overblown, pompous, pontifical, portentousadjective

    puffed up with vanity

    "a grandiloquent and boastful manner"; "overblown oratory"; "a pompous speech"; "pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey"- Newsweek

  2. pompous, ceremoniousadjective

    characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display


  1. pompousadjective

    Affectedly grand, solemn or self-important.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POMPOUSadjective

    Splendid; magnificent; grand.

    Etymology: pompeux, Fr.

    What flatt’ring scenes our wand’ring fancy wrought,
    Rome’s pompous glories rising to our thought. Alexander Pope.

    An inscription in the ancient way, plain, pompous, yet modest, will be best. Francis Atterbury, to Pope.


  1. pompous

    Pompous refers to an exaggerated sense of self-importance, arrogance, or vanity. This typically includes a display of behaviors that suggest superiority, often accompanied by grandiosity, ostentation, and a lack of regard for the perspectives or feelings of others. It is often associated with a manner of speaking or behaving that is perceived as overly formal, pretentious, or boastful.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pompousadjective

    displaying pomp; stately; showy with grandeur; magnificent; as, a pompous procession

  2. Pompousadjective

    ostentatious; pretentious; boastful; vainlorious; as, pompous manners; a pompous style

  3. Etymology: [F. pompeux, L. pomposus. See Pomp.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pompous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pompous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pompous in a Sentence

  1. Thor Halvorssen:

    El Sexto has become a prominent target of the Cuban regime because his graffiti art is one of the elite’s most feared methods of protest as it exposes their true nature, el Sexto’s art unmasks the tyranny in ways white papers and press accounts cannot. Now that Castro will receive a pompous farewell, the regime will take measures to silence all voices for democracy and to drown out calls for reform.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    Hot air expands, and seriously pompous attitude is the inflation of choice by those lacking substance.

  3. Stephane Charbonnier:

    It might sound a bit pompous to say so.

  4. Joey Adams:

    Many a crown of wisdom is but the golden chamberpot of success, worn with pompous dignity.

  5. Thomas Browne:

    Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.

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