1. Dignified or magnificent display; splendor: the solemn pomp of a military funeral.
2. Vain or ostentatious display: "his biting attacks on the pomp and luxury of the privileged classes" (Harvey Cox).
[Middle English, from Old French pompe, from Latin pompa, pomp, procession, from Greek pompē, procession, from pempein, to send.]
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