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Definition of "pompous" []

  • Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious: pompous officials who enjoy giving orders. (adjective)
  • Full of high-sounding phrases; bombastic: a pompous proclamation. (adjective)
  • Chracterized by pomp or stately display; ceremonious: a pompous occasion. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pompous" in a sentence
  • "Hijda Nights, originally uploaded by firoze shakir photographerno1. through the crowded bazars of haji malang the only sight hijda nights bedecked bejewelled garish and bright in pompous flight captured in the inner vision of a lens of a Shiite"
  • "As Jon Stewart deftly demonstrates, the way to puncture the pompous is to poke a sharp stick at their soft underbelly."
  • "What you call pompous, some call "necessary changes.""