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pompous
used in The Age of Innocence

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

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
  • Overhead, Handel's March swelled pompously through the imitation stone vaulting, carrying on its waves the faded drift of the many weddings at which, with cheerful indifference, he had stood on the same chancel step watching other brides float up the nave toward other bridegrooms.
    Chapter 19 (14% in)
  • "The van der Luydens," said Archer, feeling himself pompous as he spoke, "are the most powerful influence in New York society.
    Chapter 9 (61% in)

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