self-flat·​ter·​ing ˌself-ˈfla-tə-riŋ How to pronounce self-flattering (audio)
: given to self-flattery

Examples of self-flattering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The notion that history is a story of progress is another self-flattering illusion. Helena Rosenblatt, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-flattering was circa 1586

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“Self-flattering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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