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self-flattery

[self-flat-uh-ree, self-]
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noun
  1. praise and exaggeration of one's own achievements coupled with a denial or glossing over of one's faults or failings; self-congratulation.

Origin of self-flattery

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formsself-flat·ter·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-flattery

Historical Examples

  • It is about the most refined sort of self-flattery imaginable.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • They have not enough vastness to give me room for self-flattery.

  • Now there is truth in all this, but not the kind of truth which should lead us to self-flattery.

  • Self-flattery in so great and weighty a case, is the greatest folly.

  • Yet that is often rather a self-flattery than a real perception.