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POMPOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pompous mean? 

POMPOUS (adjective)
  The adjective POMPOUS has 2 senses:

1. puffed up with vanity
2. characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display

  Familiarity information: POMPOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


POMPOUS (adjective)


Sense 1pompous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Puffed up with vanity

Synonyms:

overblown; pompous; grandiloquent; pontifical; portentous

Context examples:

a grandiloquent and boastful manner / overblown oratory / a pompous speech / pseudo-scientific gobbledygook and pontifical hooey

Similar:

pretentious (making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction)


Sense 2pompous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

ceremonious; pompous

Pertainym:

pomp (ceremonial elegance and splendor)


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