Pompous vs Extravagance - What's the difference?

pompous | extravagance |

As an adjective pompous

is affectedly grand, solemn or self-important.

As a noun extravagance is

excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.




(en adjective)
  • Affectedly grand, solemn or self-important.
  • * 1848, , Bantam Classics (1997), 16:
  • "Not that the parting speech caused Amelia to philosophise, or that it armed her in any way with a calmness, the result of argument; but it was intolerably dull, pompous , and tedious; and having the fear of her schoolmistress greatly before her eyes, Miss Sedley did not venture, in her presence, to give way to any ebullitions of private grief."


    * conceited * smug * See also


    * humble * modest * self-effacing




    (en noun)
  • Excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.
  • Prodigality as in extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, or demands.
  • :They spared nothing in obtaining extravagances for each other. Everything was lavish and wildly in excess. They were in love!
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  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  • Synonyms

    * lavishness * profusion * wildness * irregularity * excess * prodigality * profusion * waste * unreasonableness * recklessness


    * frugality * economize * moderation