jac·​tance | \ ˈjaktən(t)s \
variants: or jactancy \ -​nsē \
plural jactances or jactancies

Definition of jactance

: vainglorious boasting jactance, vanity, peculation to the ruin of 20 years' labor— Ezra Pound

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History and Etymology for jactance

Middle French & Latin; Middle French jactance, from Latin jactantia, from jactant-, jactans (present participle of jactare to throw, shake, speak out, boast) + -ia -y

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“Jactance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jactance. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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