noun (plural -ties) Date: 1620 1. pompous demeanor, speech, or behavior 2. a pompous gesture, habit, or act

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  • Pomposity — Pom*pos i*ty, n.; pl. {Pomposities}. The quality or state of being pompous; pompousness. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pomposity — index bombast, fustian, pretense (ostentation), pride, rhetoric (insincere language) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pomposity — (n.) early 15c., from L.L. pompositas, from pomposus stately, pompous (see POMPOUS (Cf. pompous)). The sense of ostentatious display is from 1610s; earlier in Fr. pomposité …   Etymology dictionary

  • pomposity — [päm päs′ə tē] n. [ME pomposite < LL pompositas: see POMPOUS & ITY] 1. the quality of being pompous; ostentation; self importance 2. pl. pomposities a pompous act, remark, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pomposity — [[t]pɒmpɒ̱sɪti[/t]] pomposities N UNCOUNT: also N in pl (disapproval) Pomposity means speaking or behaving in a very serious manner which shows that you think you are more important than you really are. Einstein was a scientist who hated… …   English dictionary

  • pomposity — noun The quality of being pompous; self importance. He shows great pomposity, the pretentious windbag. Syn: bombast, ostentatiousness See Also: pompous …   Wiktionary

  • pomposity — pompous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ affectedly grand, solemn, or self important. DERIVATIVES pomposity noun pompously adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • pomposity — /pom pos i tee/, n., pl. 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… …   Universalium

  • pomposity — Synonyms and related words: Barnumism, affectation, arrogance, assurance, assuredness, bedizenment, belief, big talk, buckram, ceremonial, ceremoniousness, ceremony, certitude, cocksureness, confidence, confidentness, conviction, convolution,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pomposity — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Pretension] Syn. presumption, conceit, overconfidence; see arrogance . 2. [Grandiloquence] Syn. balderdash, pretension, bombast; see nonsense 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Boastful self importance or display:… …   English dictionary for students

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