Pompous meaning

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Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious.

Pompous officials who enjoy giving orders.

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The definition of pompous is someone who has excessive self-esteem.

An example of pompous is someone who constantly talks about what they've accomplished.

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Full of high-sounding phrases; bombastic.

A pompous proclamation.

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(archaic) Characterized by pomp or stately display.

A pompous occasion.

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Characterized by exaggerated stateliness; pretentious, as in speech or manner; self-important.
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(archaic) Full of pomp; stately.
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Affectedly grand, solemn or self-important.
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Origin of pompous

  • Middle English from Old French pompeux from Late Latin pompōsus from Latin pompa pomp pomp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French pompeux, from Late Latin pomposus, from Latin pompa (“pomp"), from Ancient Greek πομπή (pompÄ“, “a sending, a solemn procession, pomp"), from πέμπω (pempō, “I send").

    From Wiktionary