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pompous
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
  • "Sne-gi-ryov?" the doctor said loudly and pompously.
    Book 10 — The Boys (81% in)
  • The Pole gasped with offended dignity, and quickly and pompously delivered himself in broken Russian: "Pani Agrafena, I came here to forget the past and forgive it, to forget all that has happened till to-day—"
    Book 8 — Mitya (83% in)
  • A whole series of letters had followed—one every day—all as pompous and rhetorical, but the loan asked for, gradually diminishing, dropped to a hundred roubles, then to twenty-five, to ten, and finally Grushenka received a letter in which both the Poles begged her for only one rouble and included a receipt signed by both.
    Book 11 — Ivan (4% in)
  • But Grushenka was surprised at their meeting her with arrogant dignity and self-assertion, with the greatest punctilio and pompous speeches.
    Book 11 — Ivan (4% in)
  • Pan Mussyalovitch introduced a terrible number of Polish words into his sentences, and seeing that this only increased his consequence in the eyes of the President and the prosecutor, grew more and more pompous, and ended by talking in Polish altogether.
    Book 12 — A Judicial Error (14% in)

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