self-pro·​mo·​tion ˌself-prə-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce self-promotion (audio)
plural self-promotions
: the act of furthering one's own growth, advancement, or prosperity : the promotion of oneself
didn't try to disguise his self-promotion
self-promoter noun
plural self-promoters
a self-promoter who never mentioned his teammates in interviews
They both worked tirelessly on the project and never thought about bringing attention to themselves. They weren't self-promoters Jim Lambert
self-promoting adjective
self-promoting speeches
a self-promoting celebrity/politician

Examples of self-promotion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people have called his self-promotion shameless. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 Today’s Talker : When the actors strike officially ends, expect to see... … the return of your favorite TV shows, maybe some movie release dates and a slew of celebrity self-promotion. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 The end of the actors strike will almost certainly open up the floodgates on celebrity self-promotion. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Unlike in the myriad Reddit forums, Discord channels, and Facebook groups dedicated to parenting, where mom and nanny shaming are de rigueur and self-promotion is frequent and blatant, camaraderie here is highly curated. Curbed, 18 Oct. 2023 Unfortunately, the show is, to a certain extent, built on stereotypes, including but not limited to the idea that a proposal is the zenith of romance and love entails endless self-promotion, continually proving yourself more worthy of attention than the women, or men, around you. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Bragging is in the eye of the beholder The benefits of self-promotion can be seen in various spheres. Kelly Nault, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2023 In a world of social media braying and relentless self-promotion, Holstein’s modesty is refreshing. Véronique Hyland, ELLE, 7 Sep. 2023 Unlike in the more high-octane Hamptons, where self-promotion is a virtue, few, if any, Ferraris roll down these narrow lanes. Holly Peterson, Town & Country, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-promotion was in 1653

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“Self-promotion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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