- stately or splendid display; splendor; magnificence.
- ostentatious or vain display, especially of dignity or importance.
- pomps, pompous displays, actions, or things: The official was accompanied by all the pomps of his high position.
- Archaic. a stately or splendid procession; pageant.
Origin of pomp
Related Words for pompformality, fanfare, splendor, grandeur, solemnity, grandiosity, shine, pageant, parade, show, ritual, panoply, ostentation, vainglory, state, ceremony, pomposity, affectation, magnificence, array
Examples from the Web for pomp
Contemporary Examples of pomp
If a product is beautiful, why do you need all that pomp and circumstance?The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
Instead, there was a high school band striking up the Elgar march “Pomp and Circumstance.”The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
A glittering spectacle of British pomp and majesty it may be, but the clothes are rather tight, and the room is somewhat airless.Thump! Audible Crash As Queen's Page Boy Collapses At Opening of Parliament
June 4, 2014
Compared to where we had just been, what we had so recently done, all the pomp and circumstance seemed ingratiatingly trivial.The Medal of Honor Disgrace
Brian Van Reet
March 26, 2014
We still seem driven by hype, by illusory health scares and benefits, by pomp, by the new and trendy, than by taste.This Book Will Change the Way You Eat
December 19, 2013
Historical Examples of pomp
The Marquis had naturally expected to find him in the midst of pomp.
The pomp of Antony's position, too, and his kingly personality pleased our poet.The Man Shakespeare
Give me health and a day and I will put the pomp of emperors to shame.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
No pomp of funeral was, indeed, necessary for such a person.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
To draw out the pomp and circumstance of opening the conference?The Outbreak of Peace
Horace Brown Fyfe
- stately or magnificent display; ceremonial splendour
- vain display, esp of dignity or importance
- obsolete a procession or pageant
Word Origin for pomp
c.1300, from Old French pompe "pomp, magnificence" (13c.) and directly from Latin pompa "procession, pomp," from Greek pompe "solemn procession, display," literally "a sending," from pempein "to send." In Church Latin, used in deprecatory sense for "worldly display, vain show."
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