: 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
: 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
… 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.
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