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She gave another pompous speech.
  behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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pompous pomposity pompously pompousness
Strongly Associated with:   pomp
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  • She gave another pompous speech.
  • "Well done, Ron, excellent," said Percy Weasley pompously as "Zabini, Blaise," was made a Slytherin.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • He had already told them pompously that he was only staying over Christmas because it was his duty as a prefect to support the teachers during this troubled time.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • "There are signs posted everywhere clearly stating that climbing trees is forbidden," one cop began pompously.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment

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  • Not by the army, but by a pompous old fool who has charge of a little castle
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • I gotta show some of those pompous, self-important executives over there that Hap Loman can make the grade.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • pompous priests
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • His manner of speaking was infecting me, making me pompous.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • ...replied, in the pompous Calormene way:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • I just looked at him, trying to figure out when, exactly, he’d gotten so pompous and impossible.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride

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  • Never did have a sense of humor, pompous old catfish.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • If she were Martial, her name would have been Agrippina Cassius or Chrysilla Aroman or something equally long and pompous.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Suddenly the pompous pastor is there, grabbing Lev by both shoulders.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I learned an eclectic smattering of Commonwealth law from a traveling barrister too drunk or too pompous to realize he was lecturing an eight-year-old.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Tonight he appeared to be a shadow, hanging on every word from this pompous opinionated man.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "But it wasn’t by some stuffed shirt, pompous, arrogant princeling!"
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Even though I hate him and he is a pompous pratboy, I think I may love him.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • She must seem as pompous as that intern, putting on airs with that title.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • I thought he was pompous and effeminate.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • An impersonation of the pompous, blustering second lieutenant.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I realized I had become a little pompous, but I was adamant.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Pompous old fart," says Colin, to get some of her attention for himself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Pompous is a lot more like it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I always thought it would be something weak, because he doesn’t seem as pompous as the others—but it looks like that isn’t true at all.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • He made a great show of his education, droning on about nihilism and giving pompous lectures on French literature at NCO meetings.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • —There is something very pompous in his style.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I swear, the pomposity in this place.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Our visitor bore every mark of being an average commonplace British tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • On my politely bidding him Good morning, he said, pompously, "Seven times nine, boy?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "I’ve told Mr. Crouch that I’ll have it ready by Tuesday," Percy was saying pompously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • ’You pompous, rotund, neighborly, vacuous, complacent…’ Aarfy was unperturbed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Aramis, confiding in the address of Bazin, made a pompous eulogium on his candidate.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Read English news, yes, and English sport, politics, and pomposity, but in future keep the things that hurt to myself alone.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • ’Don’t make your eyes red, Oliver, but eat your food and be thankful,’ said Mr. Bumble, in a tone of impressive pomposity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Birger is…well, more of a pompous fathead than a bad person.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "We’re goin’ t’ move t’morrah—sure," he said pompously to a group in the company street.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He is a little stiff and pompous in his manner, and he is disfigured by his uniform; but when it becomes known that he has been for eighteen years in the Austrian service, all that will be pardoned.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He couldn’t see patients anymore, and for the first time in his life the pompous donkey found out what it was like to have to be sick and pay another donkey to make you well.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • ’Foaly, you pompous centaur,’ he barked into his mouthpiece.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • It was a pompous little sign, neatly lettered by hand the sort of thing that Percy Weasley might have stuck on his bedroom door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He tended to be a bit pompous at times, but he was reliable.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • This familiar "what do you want" seemed to cut the ground from the feet of the pompous gentleman.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • You’re getting awfully pompous.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The animal had an ungainly body with a striped beak that it kept tucked against its breast like a pompous old man, a white head and neck, and a sooty torso.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • His speeches were once described as "an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "Grospierre was at the gate, keeping good watch," began Bibot, pompously, as the crowd closed in round him, listening eagerly to his narrative.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • When he went home on leave he rioted on a large scale—pompously.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Ernie might be pompous on occasions like this, but Harry was in a mood to deeply appreciate a vote of confidence from somebody who did not have radishes dangling from their ears.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • With the Judge’s sons, hunting and tramping, it had been a working partnership; with the Judge’s grandsons, a sort of pompous guardianship; and with the Judge himself, a stately and dignified friendship.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • —Immense, Martin Cunningham said pompously.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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