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Definition behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
  • She gave another pompous speech.
pompous = with excessive self-importance
  • "There are signs posted everywhere clearly stating that climbing trees is forbidden," one cop began pompously.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • pompously = with excessive self-importance
  • 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
  • pompous = person behaving with excessive self-importance
  • "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
  • pompously = with excessive self-importance
  • I just looked at him, trying to figure out when, exactly, he'd gotten so pompous and impossible.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • pompous = behaving with excessive self-importance
  • His manner of speaking was infecting me, making me pompous.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • pompous = behaving with excessive self-importance
  • ...replied, in the pompous Calormene way:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • pompous = puffed up with vanity
  • 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 = behaving with excessive self-importance
  • 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
  • pompously = with excessive self-importance
  • pompous priests
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • pompous = behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor
  • There is something very pompous in his style.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • When the first part of the performance was over, the Owner and Manager of the circus, in a black coat, white knee breeches, and patent leather boots, presented himself to the public and in a loud, pompous voice made the following announcement:
    Carlo Collodi  --  The Adventures Of Pinocchio
  • If I heard you rightly, The duke hath put on a religious life, And thrown into neglect the pompous court?
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • He sounded idiotic and pompous.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Lisbeth liked cocky devils, just as she detested pompous jerks.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • To the girl his voice sounded pompous and heavy.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • "Round and round he went," said Gabriel, "and the old gentleman, who was a very pompous old gentleman, was highly indignant.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • INQUISITIVE TRAVELLER Say, who's the stiff and pompous man?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • On the left, Louis Dutetre, a pompous, thin-faced man with sagging black eyebrows from French intelligence whom Phil Grant seemed to know quite well.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Suddenly the pompous pastor is there, grabbing Lev by both shoulders.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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