Definition of pomp in English:



  • 1Ceremony and splendid display, especially at a public event.

    ‘St. Paul's was perfectly adapted to pomp and circumstance’
    • ‘The celebration was a grand display of pomp and circumstance led by the students of the school.’
    • ‘Break open the Pimms and get ready for five days of tradition, pomp and ceremony - and loads of rowing action.’
    • ‘The magnificent pomp and ceremony of Royal occasions remains a rich symbol of Britain's great history.’
    • ‘A group of locals are carefully preserving unique traditions throughout the year - traditions which are more than just pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘To appease the citizens, a ‘building safeguard programme’ was announced with pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘They all went home and prepared for the grand parade for the Governor - who did arrive to great pomp and ceremony.’
    • ‘In 1840 his body is exhumed and with pomp and ceremony moved to Paris.’
    • ‘In a documentary to be shown on BBC 2 tonight, he will reveal his distaste for pomp and ceremony in the Anglican Church.’
    • ‘The event took place with a flourish of military pomp and ceremony, and army officers wore black armbands in memory of the Queen Mother.’
    • ‘The very first episode shows a Europe immersed in the grandeur of pomp and circumstance.’
    • ‘It was an incredible ceremony - steeped in all the tradition, pomp and ceremony one has come to expect of Oxford, and this was at its best.’
    • ‘The pomp and ceremony of Prince Felipe's wedding, two months after the attacks, allowed Madrid to indulge itself again.’
    • ‘Thanks to famous Indian secularism, this Buddhist tradition, in all its ceremonial pomp, continues to this day.’
    • ‘Opening with pomp and ceremony, China brought 100 of its companies to New York City.’
    • ‘The festival runs from early July to late August and is rich in medieval pomp and ceremony as well as classical music and theatre.’
    • ‘There was no special pomp and ceremony to mark the occasion.’
    • ‘These scenes were not unlike those described in the film, only the pomp and circumstance was held at home and on the front simultaneously.’
    • ‘We can have as much pomp and circumstance as we like, but it's not going to turn our Parliament into something it's not.’
    • ‘Why devote so much pomp and ceremony to someone who lived such a long and full life and died peacefully?’
    • ‘The crowd went on its way all smiling and you wondered whether there could be pomp and ceremony, any kind of public celebration without a brass band.’
    ceremony, ceremoniousness, ceremonial, solemnity, ritual, display, spectacle, pageantry, pageant
    show, showiness, ostentation, splendour, grandeur, grandness, magnificence, majesty, stateliness, glory, gloriousness, sumptuousness, opulence, lavishness, richness, brilliance, radiance, dazzle, theatricality, drama, flourish, glitter, style, éclat, resplendence, splendidness
    pizzazz, razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz
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    1. 1.1archaic Ostentatious boastfulness or vanity.
      ‘the pomps and vanities of this world’
      • ‘The sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart ‘really despised the world and all its exams and works and pomps.’’
      • ‘All the hideous excrescences that have overgrown our modern life, the pomps and conventions and dreary solemnities, dread nothing so much as the flash of laughter which, like lightning, shrivels them up and leaves the bones bare.’
      • ‘In a sense the tricolour had been colonised by a small grouping bringing murder and mayhem in their wake and such was the antipathy of the general population to the Provos and all their pomps that the national flag was almost sidelined.’
      • ‘It is time to call its bluff and close down the entire trough by abolishing the Arts Council and all its works and pomps.’
      • ‘There is, of course, no factual connection between the two - if anything, the zealot opposes him and all his works and pomps.’
      ostentation, ostentatiousness, showiness, show, extravagance, ornateness, flamboyance, lavishness, resplendence, splendour, splendidness
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Middle English: from Old French pompe, via Latin from Greek pompē procession, pomp from pempein send.