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bovarism

[boh-vuh-riz-uh m]
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noun
  1. an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit.

Origin of bovarism

1900–05; < French bovaryisme, after Emma Bovary, a character in Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary (1857); see -ism
Related formsbo·va·rist, nounbo·va·ris·tic, adjective
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