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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pomp
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ All pluck and pomp, it rang throughout the hall in dulcet tones as never before.
▪ All that space, all that pomp, for just a bit of food.
▪ General Meade cared but little for the pomp and parade of war.
▪ He chafes at the pomp and security that has descended on him with his new post.
▪ No amount of display or pomp is going to increase it, or lack of it detract.
▪ Prestige, if nothing else, demanded that it be entered into with due pomp and circumstance.
▪ The people responsible for pomp and circumstance recognize this.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pomp

Pomp \Pomp\, n. [OE. pompe, F. pompe, L. pompa, fr. Gr. ? a sending, a solemn procession, pomp, fr. ? to send. Cf. Pump a shoe.]

  1. A procession distinguished by ostentation and splendor; a pageant. ``All the pomps of a Roman triumph.''
    --Addison.

  2. Show of magnificence; parade; display; power.

    Syn: Display; parade; pageant; pageantry; splendor; state; magnificence; ostentation; grandeur; pride.

Pomp

Pomp \Pomp\, v. i. To make a pompons display; to conduct. [Obs.]
--B. Jonson.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
pomp

c.1300, from Old French pompe "pomp, magnificence" (13c.) and directly from Latin pompa "procession, pomp," from Greek pompe "solemn procession, display," literally "a sending," from pempein "to send." In Church Latin, used in deprecatory sense for "worldly display, vain show."

Wiktionary
pomp

n. 1 Show of magnificence; parade; display; power. 2 A procession distinguished by ostentation and splendor; a pageant. vb. (context obsolete English) To make a pompous display; to conduct.

WordNet
pomp

n. ceremonial elegance and splendor; "entered with much eclat in a coach drawn by eight white horses" [syn: eclat]

Wikipedia
Pomp

Pomp or pomps may refer to:

  • Pompḗ , usually translated as pomp or procession, the name of the first part of several Ancient Greek festivals, such as Dionysia and Lenaia
  • Pomp rock, alternative term for a rock music era also known as arena rock
  • Slang for Pompadour (hairstyle), a style of haircut
  • Pomps, alternative name for Ghillies (dance), a special type of shoe

People with the surname Pomp:

  • Numa Pompilius, also called Numa Pomp (753–673 BC; reigned 715-673 BC), legendary second king of Rome, succeeding Romulus
  • Dirck Gerritsz Pomp (1544–1608), Dutch sailor of the 16th–17th century

Fictional characters with the surname Pomp:

  • Jubal Pomp, comics character from The Walt Disney Company

Usage examples of "pomp".

The banks of the Danube were crowded on either side with spectators, who gazed on the military pomp, anticipated the importance of the event, and diffused through the adjacent country the fame of a young hero, who advanced with more than mortal speed at the head of the innumerable forces of the West.

While their eyes were fixed on the chariot where Stilicho was deservedly seated by the side of his royal pupil, they applauded the pomp of a triumph, which was not stained, like that of Constantine, or of Theodosius, with civil blood.

Year - The sting of the stirring sap Under the wizardry of the young-eyed Spring, Their summer amplitudes of pomp, Their rich autumnal melancholy, and the shrill, Embittered housewifery Of the lean Winter: all such things, And with them all the goodness of the Master, Whose right hand blesses with increase and life, Whose left hand honours with decay and death.

My gratitude also goes to my Australian editrix, Margrete Lamond, for her very provocative pointers on pomp and on the behavior of gods.

In the days of pomp, the crowds had kept to this side of the hall, avoiding the misproportioned sepulchres along the farther wall.

Witchland murthered at the feast, and nought left at last of the power and pomp and terror that was Witchland save dying embers of a funeral fire and voices wailing in the wind before the dawn.

Carina-Cygnus fade, the richly glowing colors tarnish, the Imperial panoply and pomp become worn and tattered.

And yet, for all his pomp and all his might, Judith, a woman, as he lay upright Sleeping, his head off smote, and from his tent Full privily she stole from every wight, And with his head unto her town she went.

Instead of pursuing the great object of ambition, their leisure, their affections, the powers of their mind, were diverted by pomp and pleasure: the rewards of valor were embezzled by women and eunuchs, and the royal camp was encumbered by the luxury of the palace.

The prisoner was reconducted to the jail with the same pomp and bravery of troops and music that had brought him to the scaffold.

He had heard of gun-boats and mortar-boats, of forts built upon the river, of Columbiads, Dahlgrens, and Parrotts, of all the pomps and circumstance of glorious war, and entertained an idea that Cairo was the nucleus or pivot of all really strategetic movements in this terrible national struggle.

Roman magistrates very frequently were adored as provincial deities, with the pomp of altars and temples, of festivals and sacrifices.

The pure and sublime idea which they entertained of the Supreme Being escaped the gross conception of the Pagan multitude, who were at a loss to discover a spiritual and solitary God, that was neither represented under any corporeal figure or visible symbol, nor was adored with the accustomed pomp of libations and festivals, of altars and sacrifices.

Then back here again, perchance to bury Apis that they say is dying, with fitting pomp yonder in the desert where those gods lie.

I am convinced that awful magistrate my lord-mayor contracts a good deal of that reverence which attends him through the year, by the several pageants which precede his pomp.