bo·va·rism | \ ˈbōvəˌrizəm \
variants: or bovarysm
Definition of bovarism
: a conception of oneself as other than one is to the extent that one's general behavior is conditioned or dominated by the conception especially : domination by such an idealized, glamorized, glorified, or otherwise unreal conception of oneself that it results in dramatic personal conflict (as in tragedy), in markedly unusual behavior (as in paranoia), or in great achievement
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