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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was the fruit of his miserable attempt at self-aggrandizement; this was the residuum of his glories.

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

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • In these days of self-exploitation and self-aggrandizement, how refreshing it is to meet a man of true simplicity.

    Talks on Talking Grenville Kleiser
  • But jealous seekers after self-aggrandizement plotted against his rule and even attempted his life.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • He would do so, however, without any thought of self-aggrandizement.

    Bolshevism John Spargo
  • The motives of self-aggrandizement by force of arms appear to be innate in human nature.

    Martyria Augustus C. Hamlin
  • This shows that self-aggrandizement inspired the actions of his followers then as it does today.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • Spain has no government; each in power seeks but self-aggrandizement.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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