self-aggrandizing

adjective
self-ag·​gran·​diz·​ing | \ ˌself-ə-ˈgran-ˌdī-ziŋ How to pronounce self-aggrandizing (audio) 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

Other Words from self-aggrandizing

self-aggrandizement \ ˌself-​ə-​ˈgran-​dəz-​mənt , -​ˌdīz-​ How to pronounce self-aggrandizing (audio) 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-aggrandizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-aggrandizing. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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