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bovarism

[boh-vuh-riz-uh m] /ˈboʊ vəˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit.
Origin of bovarism
1900-1905
1900-05; < French bovaryisme, after Emma Bovary, a character in Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary (1857); see -ism
Related forms
bovarist, noun
bovaristic, adjective
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  • There is, however, this difference in the bovarism of Nature's most exquisite moments.

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis

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