self-dis·​play ˌself-di-ˈsplā How to pronounce self-display (audio)
plural self-displays
: the act or an instance of showing off or exhibiting oneself usually in an ostentatious manner : self-exhibition
He disliked self-display, making a scene, anything that threatened to rock the social boat. James Trilling
… reveled in the kind of self-display that a bourgeois woman was supposed to avoid … Laura Auricchio

Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-display was in 1806

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Cite this Entry

“Self-display.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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