Definition of pompousness:
swelled head, hauteur, boasting, peremptoriness, rising prices, assumption, pageant, self-love, smugness, vaunt, bumptiousness, haughtiness, self-glory, pretentiousness, ostentatiousness, imperiousness, inflation, vaingloriousness, pridefulness, toploftiness, swellheadedness, bighead, conceit, boast, pretense, self-importance, ostentation, vainness, presumptuousness, ego, pretension, conceitedness, flourish, superciliousness, self-consequence, pageantry, egotism, vainglory, self-satisfaction, high horse, masterfulness, puffiness, self-esteem, consequence, grandioseness, swelling, lump, grandiosity, vaunting, complacency, lordliness, self-opinion, flash, loftiness, pride, vanity, self-congratulation, largeness, show, display, amour propre, self-admiration, pomp, plain, pomposity, splashiness, superiority, parade, huffiness, self-assumption, fanfare, self-conceit.
Dickinson was there, and Scherer, who had just got back from Europe; the talk fell on the Citizens Union, which Scherer belittled with an air of consequence and pompousness that struck me disagreeably, and with an eye newly critical I detected in him a certain disintegration, deterioration.- "The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill", Winston Churchill.
- "Sanders of the River", Edgar Wallace.
- "The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D.", James Boswell.