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- n. The quality of being pompous
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being pompous; also, pompous conduct; magnificence; splendor; great display or show; ostentatiousness.
- n. Synonyms See pompous.
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- n. lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
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These three events together, the Unwitting Thief, the Summers parody, and the Gore parody, point to a peculiar vacuum of confidence in the middle years of the last decade -- they also happen to be the time McEwan wrote Saturday, and it is not too much to claim that the fatal flaw in that book was a certain pompousness toward Western righteousness.
These will not be numbered among the devotees of Waugh, and probably struggle with pompousness, may be cumbrous or even clumsy from time to time.
The Treatise veers between the insecure pompousness and pompous insecurity of a man who dons bling on dirty fingers and then sets out to create the urtext of social seemliness.
And that is what the book is really about: the pompousness and not-at-all pompousness of religion; or, to put it another way, the overwhelming bullshit and the overwhelming beauty of Jewishness, where Jewishness is a metaphor for human culture in general.
Grunge provided an opportunity, as punk had before, for separating the wheat from the chaffâannihilating acts that had truly been predicated on nothing but hairstyles and codpieces, and allowing reconsideration and critical filtering of arena rock, metal, and prog that might have been burdened with excessive pompousness and trippy kozmik imagery, but still possessed enduring value.
I used the tactics of the author of this blog when I used sarcasm to point out the pompousness of his opinion.
It captured the frustrations of my peers so accurately, despite all its moral pompousness, that I felt nauseous.
Jack Donaghy is one of the funniest characters on TV and Baldwin plays him with just enough smarm and pompousness without overdoing it.
The judge must have tacked on six months for its insufferable pompousness alone.
So the good news is that this was aiming much higher than that, but the bad news is that it's one of those serious movies that pretty much drowns in its own pompousness and silliness.