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[self-uh-gran-diz-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈgræn dɪz mənt, ˌsɛlf-/
increase of one's own power, wealth, etc., usually aggressively.
Origin of self-aggrandizement
First recorded in 1790-1800
Related forms
[self-uh-gran-dahy-zing] /ˈsɛlf əˈgræn daɪ zɪŋ/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-aggrandizement
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  • They were men who thought along the lines of duty, not along the lines of self-aggrandizement.

    America First

  • They erected defensive barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Absolute turning from his life-purpose for the sake of self-aggrandizement.

    Training the Teacher A. F. Schauffler
  • He would do so, however, without any thought of self-aggrandizement.


    John Spargo
  • But jealous seekers after self-aggrandizement plotted against his rule and even attempted his life.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • His moral character, however, was not on a level with his intellectual, self-aggrandizement being the main aim of his life.

  • Anger, fear, resignation, and greedy little thoughts of self-aggrandizement.

    The Honored Prophet William E. Bentley
  • The motives of self-aggrandizement by force of arms appear to be innate in human nature.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
British Dictionary definitions for self-aggrandizement


the act of increasing one's own power, importance, etc, esp in an aggressive or ruthless manner
Derived Forms
self-aggrandizing, adjective
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