a personal standard of perfection against which one's actual thinking, behavior, and appearance are compared.
an exaggerated and unrealistic view of one's virtues and abilities.
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Words To Remember Every 13 Years Or So
A vociferous buzz is radiating throughout parts of the United States and making the news. From the brilliant first light of day to the still and dark of night, a serenade is being sung – a mating call thirteen years in the making. Millions of cicadas have come up from their underground bedrooms after completing a very long incubation period. Unlike the annual cicada, this …
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