Adjective "pompous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Affectedly grand, solemn, or self-important.
  1. 'Many of the most pompous and arrogant men I've ever met have been obsessed by upgrading their flight tickets.'
  2. 'I've just deleted a very long and somewhat pompous sociology essay that you probably wouldn't have been able to bear reading all the way through.'
  3. 'There was rarely anything vicious about these jokes: they were leg pulling jokes which only the sensitive and pompous found annoying.'
  4. 'As if his letters were not a true indicator of his pompous attitude, Donovan in person was pretentious and rude.'
  5. 'Amrish Puri stars in one of the tales as a vain and pompous man.'
  6. 'Taking an aristocrat's pompous and often unrealistic pontifications as an ideal for living is clearly not a good thing.'
  7. 'Keith was painted as patronising and pompous, with a grandiose idea of her own importance.'
  8. 'Lord Irvine has always been portrayed as a pompous and arrogant.'
  9. 'I don't think anyone could read this behaviour in any other way than being pompous and patronising.'
  10. 'He is arrogant, pompous, never misses a chance to show off his superiority, and drinks to excess.'
Characterized by pomp or splendour.
  1. 'The pompous, splendid Library, on the other hand, visually overwhelms its contents.'


1. characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance: a pompous minor official.

2. ostentatiously lofty or high-flown: a pompous speech.

3. Archaic. characterized by pomp, or a display of stately splendor or magnificence: an impressive and pompous funeral.

More examples(as adjective)

"senators can be pompous as people."

"senators can be pompous as mps."

"reports can be pompous with disregards."

"people can be pompous for tastes."

"people can be pompous as others."

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Late Middle English: from Old French pompeux ‘full of grandeur’, from late Latin pomposus, from pompa ‘pomp’.