self-im·​por·​tant ˌself-im-ˈpȯr-tᵊnt How to pronounce self-important (audio)
: having or showing self-importance
self-importantly adverb

Examples of self-important in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The result is Shin Godzilla, a bone-dry satire of government impotence and self-important bureaucrats that’s the most realistic installment in the series since the original. Katie Rife,, 28 Mar. 2024 Not everyone is bland, gossipy and self-important anywhere. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 The series is sincere but not self-important, slightly silly but not embarrassed about it. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 And everything is so self-important and self-serious. Lauren Goode Michael Calore, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2024 The technology world can be, to its detriment, too analytical, sort of arrogant, and self-important, and those characteristics are anti-empathy. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 When the Court moved into its new building—a building so ostentatiously self-important, down to the last trimmings, that reporters likened it to an icebox decorated by a mad upholsterer—the Justices struck down more than a dozen laws in eighteen months. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 The fact is that bringing together a host of successful but self-important luminaries to forecast the future is a mug’s game. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2024 The people are bland, gossipy and self-important while my friends and family are almost a thousand miles away. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-important was in 1732

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“Self-important.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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