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pompously

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv pompously in a pompous manner "he pompously described his achievements"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pompously In a pompous manner; with great parade or display; magnificently; splendidly; ostentatiously; loftily.
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Quotations

  • William M. Thackeray
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    “People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
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    “Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.”
  • William Blake
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    “Embraces are cominglings from the head even to the feet, and not a pompous high priest entering by a secret place.”
  • William Zinsser
    William Zinsser
    “Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.”

Usage

In literature:

It calls my style dull and pompous.
"Impressions of Theophrastus Such" by George Eliot
To him the magistrate was nobody, and the pompous Jemadar a perfect nonentity.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
It gives the verse-passages an air of pompous self-consciousness.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
If there was one thing more than another that annoyed her it was Gulian's pompous manner.
"An Unwilling Maid" by Jeanie Gould Lincoln
He was a short, stout man, and exceedingly curt and pompous.
"For Gold or Soul?" by Lurana W. Sheldon
Alike in every theme his pompous art, Heaven's awful thunder, or a rumbling cart!
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
There is the French monumental style, which consists in erecting very pompous statues, very well done.
"All Things Considered" by G. K. Chesterton
The sense of splendour in Veronese is overpoweringly pompous.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
Charles most certainly would receive a pompous and affirmative answer.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
But of all this vocabulary of unconscious eulogies nothing is more striking than the word 'pompous.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
But there was in general nothing Oriental about him, no assumption of barbaric pompousness, no extravagance of bearing.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
On one occasion a pompous little man was being shown through one institution when he came upon an Indian lad of seventeen years.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
Not content with being an ass merely, he is a pompous and a stupid ass.
"The Great Adventure" by Arnold Bennett
Pardon, my dear reader, the omission of a pompous encomium on their beauty, or duration.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
When he had learnt to spell, did he devote his first epistolary efforts to the pompous patronage of his parents?
"Punch, Volume 101, September 19, 1891" by Francis Burnand
Or does he storm and swell in the pompous style of traffic art?
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
Doctor Jolks was suave and pompous.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
In this pompous manner, Pizarro was conducted in the first place to the great church, and thence to his own residence.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 5" by Robert Kerr
There is no need that this ideal should be pompously or mystically described.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
At my funeral let no token of sorrow be seen, no pompous mockery of woe.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
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In poetry:

Couldst love to be the footstool low,
On which his throne might rise,
Its pompous grace around to show?
Thy Husband does the prize.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Why turn to view their easy state,
As the long glittering train moves by?
And when they reach the pompous gate,
Ah! why does youthful Mary sigh?
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
Ned's eyes were full of weeping,
He falter'd in his walk;
Tom never shed a tear,
But onwards he did stalk,
As pompous, black, and solemn,
As any catafalque.
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Let Ares doze, that other war
Is instantly declared once more
'Twixt those who follow
Precocious Hermes all the way
And those who without qualms obey
Pompous Apollo.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
"My friend," said the schoolmaster, pompous and kind,
"That's a valuable thing you have there,
But it might get broken out of doors,
It should meet with the utmost care.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
Why dost thou weep? whereas the righteous Sire
Invites him to receive a glorious crown,
And pompous honours, in his sacred quire,
Though he was not as yet to manhood grown!
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard

In news:

One might assume that Joe Grotto is a bit pompous, given that he named his north Valley speakeasy after himself.
Depp's ' Libertine ' a pompous bore.
Our guess is some type of pompousness was present considering his slayer signs and hand signals.
Yonkers mayoral race — Calvi calls Murtagh a " pompous ass".
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on 'The Whole Love,' Diva Moments & Pompous Journos.
MOVIE REVIEW- Hedon seek: Depp's 'Libertine' a pompous bore.
Ron Johnson's Pompous Assumptions: Voters are Ignorant, Colleagues Need Tutoring The Nation.
However, that would sound pompous to my co-workers, so I'll pass in the name of tact and decorum.
Yes, I could write a lot of dry, pompous stuff about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
When he confesses to his father (Keith Thompson, who performs all the adult -male roles with pompous humor) that he has flunked out of school, the lanky Foizey cowers into himself so that the shorter Thompson appears to tower over him.
Blimp, a cartoon character drawn by satirist David Low: a caricature of the pompous, xenophobic, reactionary Englishman.
Claude Lanzmann may be pompous and insufferable.
A man pompously talks about "it" as he takes a stroll around his circular den, with a never-ending portrait of sailboats on the wall.
Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and our rituals and our cassocks are pompous.
"This has been a pet project of mine for a while," said Christopher Guest of Pompous Creek Road in La Grange.
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In science:

You might well think that such a number should be a pompous self-centered figure whose only purpose in life is to describe itself.
Autobiographical Numbers
Wilkins hoped that propositions, in his interlingua, would be \philosophically unfolded" and that pompous-sounding expressions should be summarily debunked; like Bacon before him and Ogden after him, he hankered after clear expression through the medium of a transparent language.
Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification
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