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pomposity

[pom-pos-i-tee] /pɒmˈpɒs ɪ ti/
noun, plural pomposities for 3.
1.
the quality of being pompous.
2.
pompous parading of dignity or importance.
3.
an instance of being pompous, as by ostentatious loftiness of language, manner, or behavior.
Also, pompousness
[pom-puh s-nis] /ˈpɒm pəs nɪs/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
Origin of pomposity
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English pomposite < Late Latin pompōsitās. See pompous, -ity
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  • What we ought to be afraid of is not seriousness and earnestness, but of solemnity and pomposity.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • "I should have expressed my displeasure if I had felt it," said his father with all the pomposity that was natural to him.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • But Mrs. Sullivan's pomposity was not to be discomposed by any sudden attack.

    Manners, Vol 1 of 3 Frances Brooke
  • If he spoke with pomposity she answered with disdain, and if he was dictatorial she was arrogant.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • You must admit that your past thoughts as to your own pomposity will shrink just a bit!

    Gadsby

    Ernest Vincent Wright
  • They attacked his pretension with flouting and battered his pomposity with ridicule.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • With some pomposity of manner the English detective produced a fat note-book.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • He becomes intoxicated by the protuberance of his own pomposity.

  • It's well written—you can take the pomposity out of it, here and there and it's novel.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for pomposity

pomposity

/pɒmˈpɒsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
vain or ostentatious display of dignity or importance
2.
the quality of being pompous
3.
ostentatiously lofty style, language, etc
4.
a pompous action, remark, etc
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Word Origin and History for pomposity
n.

early 15c., "pomp, solemnity," from Medieval Latin pompositas, from Late Latin pomposus "stately, pompous" (see pompous). The sense of "ostentatious display" is from 1610s; earlier in French pomposité.

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