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pom·pous  audio  (pmps) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity; pretentious: pompous officials who enjoy giving orders.
  2. Full of high-sounding phrases; bombastic: a pompous proclamation.
  3. Chracterized by pomp or stately display; ceremonious: a pompous occasion.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French pompeux, from Late Latin pompsus, from Latin pompa, pomp ; see pomp

OTHER FORMS:
pom·posi·ty  (-ps-t) KEY  or pompous·ness  (-ps-ns) KEY (Noun), pompous·ly(Adverb)


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