The noun pomposity means super-sized self-confidence. A person who thinks he or she is better than every else suffers from pomposity — and everyone in that person's life suffers, too.

  • Pronunciation: /pɒm'pɒsɪtɪ/
  • English Description: lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
  • Synonyms: pretentiousness
  • Chinese Translation: 浮夸(fu2 kua1)
  • Spanish Translation: la pretenciosidad
  • ORIGIN: Pomposity, pronounced "pahm-POSS-ih-tee," isn't just for arrogant people. Things can have this unpleasant quality, too. For example, the pomposity of an award ceremony that presents the winners and judges as the most important people who ever lived will leave viewers cold. Language can also be a victim of pomposity — when someone says, "We dined at our beloved little bistro," another person would say, "We ate at our favorite neighborhood joint."


  • She may even note that the broadness of your auditory palette is matched only by the pomposity of your person.
  • In firm but friendly style, he bore down upon cliches, pomposities and euphemisms.

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