self-aggrandizing

adjective self-ag·gran·diz·ing \ ˌself-ə-ˈgran-ˌdī-ziŋ also -ˈa-grən- \

Definition of self-aggrandizing

:acting or intended to enhance one's power, wealth, position, or reputation
  • … staggeringly self-aggrandizing greed and theft …
  • —William J. Astore
  • a self-aggrandizing cad bent on gathering for himself whatever spoils he can amass from the public coffers.
  • —Paul Beckett
; especially :boastful often in disregard of the truth
  • self-aggrandizing remarks
  • … the skill of talking about yourself in a natural way without coming off as a self-aggrandizing braggart.
  • —Jim Murray
  • … whose dishonest, self-aggrandizing memoirs adroitly snookered the public …
  • —Frank Rich
  • We hear of the self-aggrandizing fantasies which he told his sisters, as tales to amuse them.
  • —Robert Penn Warren
  • … was publicly suspended with no pay for six months after it emerged that he repeatedly told a self-aggrandizing, false story about being aboard a military helicopter hit by an RPG over Iraq.
  • —Kieran Corcoran and Christopher Brennan

self-aggrandizement

play \ˌself-ə-ˈgran-dəz-mənt, -ˌdīz- also -ˌa-grən-ˈdīz-\ noun, plural self-aggrandizements
    • … the construction of monumental buildings for self-aggrandizement.
    • —Beatrice Forbes Manz
    • A native reticence, almost an aversion to anything that might be construed as boasting or self-aggrandizement, is paired with innate optimism, loyalty and a quiet determination.
    • —Steven Winn

First Known Use of self-aggrandizing

1820


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