[ boh-vuh-riz-uh m ]
/ ˈboʊ vəˌrɪz əm /


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 forms

bo·va·rist, nounbo·va·ris·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bovarism

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