[boh-vuh-riz-uh m]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of bovarism

  • There is, however, this difference in the Bovarism of Nature's most exquisite moments.