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Definition ceremonial elegance and splendor


(archaic) a pretentious or vain display
  • announced with pomp and splendor
  • In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • pomp = ceremonial elegance and splendor
  • There, after a few days, if you like, the civil marriage shall be celebrated without pomp or ceremony.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The disarray of the queendom didn't lend itself to pomp and circumstance, so Alyss kept her coronation ceremony short and to the point.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • For he desired neither pomp nor wealth nor honour, but only the truth!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • O, behold, How pomp is follow'd!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • It was Marine Corps pomp and glory.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Never such a compound of pomp and poverty seen before!
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The marines strode by in arrogant twos, stiff as rods in the loud pomp of chevrons and striped trousers.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Also I suspect he hoped I'd be duly impressed by the pomp and ceremony of the law and encouraged to take up his profession.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • He died in 1882 and was buried with great pomp and ceremony in Westminster Abbey as one of England's distinguished sons.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • But Changazi had delayed its official inauguration until an event promising sufficient pomp could be arranged, Mortenson says.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Except for the jewelry, he was a conservative dresser and carried himself with the unconscious pomp of a man of secure means.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Ben and Radar both had a marathon band practice to make sure they would rock "Pomp and Circumstance" at graduation.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • We can have pomp and glitter at the wedding—and the coronation.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • A second hearse, decked with the same funereal pomp, was brought to M. de Villefort's door, and the coffin removed into it from the post-wagon.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The slow march began, sonorous with its ancient pomp, and Feyd-Rautha led his troupe across the arena for obeisance at the foot of his uncle's box.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • So did his teachers at the seminary, who deemed him too playful and impatient with pomp and procedure; they delayed his ordination.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • 'Now, this is a fine cigar!' yelled Will's father, turning with great pomp back to the counter.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Fashion and pomp required more ample sums, so that the poor man was nowhere.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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