One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Musgrave was inclined to pomposity’
self-importance, imperiousness, pompousness, sententiousness, grandiosity, affectation, stiffness, airs, pretentiousness, pretension, arrogance, vanity, haughtiness, pride, conceit, egotism, superciliousness, condescension, affectedness
informal snootiness, uppishness, uppitiness
2‘he seems to equate pomposity with profundity’
bombast, loftiness, pompousness, turgidity, grandiloquence, magniloquence, ornateness, portentousness, pedantry, boastfulness, boasting, bragging, sonorousness, windiness
rare fustian, euphuism, orotundity
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