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Pomposities

I must confess it had a somewhat similar effect upon me; and I descended the flight of steps with as much pomposity as if a triumphal car waited at my feet, or as if on the point of giving audience to the Queen of Sheba.
–William Beckford in Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents.

Through its medium several cloth of gold figures discovered themselves, ministering before the altar, and acting their parts with a sacred pomposity, wonderfully imposing.
–William Beckford in Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents.

Perhaps our dreams of supremacy and finality may be in reality the absurdest things in the world for their pomposity and pretentiousness.
–Arthur Christopher Benson in At Large.

Yet, while one desires to shake Wordsworth to get some of his pomposity out of him, one half desires that Scott had felt a little more deeply the dignity of his vocation.
–Arthur Christopher Benson in The Upton Letters.

He was very poor, and mingled pomposity with obsequiousness, so that Arthur felt convinced he was to be bought, body and soul, what there was of him.
–Charles Reade and Dion Boucicault in Foul Play.

It is only a red herring, or an old hat, which he has invested with such pomposity of shadow and darkness.
–Edward Bulwer-Lytton in Pelham, vol 2.

It is merely the drift or slide of men into a sort of natural pomposity and praise of the powerful, which is the most easy and obvious affair in the world.
–G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy.

If he laughs at the authority of priests, he laughs louder at the pomposity of men of science.
–G.K. Chesterton in The Innocence of Father Brown.

His native vulgarity came out side by side with his childish pomposity, and Roxmouth, after studying his habits, customs and manners for two or three days, began to feel intensely bored and out of humour.
–Marie Corelli in God's Good Man.

No words could convey the pomposity which Sir Morton managed to infuse into this simple sentence.
–Marie Corelli in Innocent.
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