pomposity

[ pom-pos-i-tee ]
/ pɒmˈpɒs ɪ ti /

noun, plural pom·pos·i·ties for 3.

the quality of being pompous.
pompous parading of dignity or importance.
an instance of being pompous, as by ostentatious loftiness of language, manner, or behavior.
Also pomp·ous·ness [pom-puh s-nis] /ˈpɒm pəs nɪs/ (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of pomposity

1400–50; late Middle English pomposite < Late Latin pompōsitās. See pompous, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for pomposity

pomposity

/ (pɒmˈpɒsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

vain or ostentatious display of dignity or importance
the quality of being pompous
ostentatiously lofty style, language, etc
a pompous action, remark, etc
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Word Origin and History for pomposity

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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