Word of the Day: Pomp

pomp / pŏmp
1. splendor; grandeur; a magnificent display
Whenever vanity and gaiety, a love of pomp and dress, furniture, equipage, buildings, great company, expensive diversions, and elegant entertainments get the better of the principles and judgments of men and women, there is no knowing where they will stop, nor into what evils, natural, moral, or political, they will lead us.
John Quincy Adams, 1767 – 1848
2. a pretentious or vain display
Royalty consists not in vain pomp, but in great virtues.
Agesilaus II, 444 BC – 360 BC
3. (archaic) an impressive and dignified procession; a pageant
Thence they marched to the Common with loaded muskets, fixed bayonets, and great pomp and parade.
From “Grandfather’s Chair” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804 – 1864