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"pompous" in British English

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pompousadjective

uk   /ˈpɒm.pəs/  us   /ˈpɑːm-/ disapproving
pomposity
noun [U] uk   /pɒmˈpɒs.ə.ti/  us   /pɑːmˈpɑː.sə.t̬i/ (also pompousness, uk   /-nəs/ us   )
pompously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He ​strode around pompously, ​telling everyone what to do.
(Definition of pompous from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pompousadjective

 us   /ˈpɑm·pəs/ disapproving
feeling or ​showing that you ​think you are ​better or more ​important than other ​people: I ​regarded him as ​somewhat pompous and ​opinionated.
pomposity
noun [U]  us   /pɑmˈpɑs·ɪ·t̬i/ (also pompousness,  /ˈpɑm·pəs·nəs/ )
disapproving the pomposity of New York ​society
(Definition of pompous from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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