[self-uh-gran-diz-muh nt, self-]


increase of one's own power, wealth, etc., usually aggressively.

Origin of self-aggrandizement

First recorded in 1790–1800
Related formsself-ag·gran·diz·ing [self-uh-gran-dahy-zing] /ˈsɛlf əˈgræn daɪ zɪŋ/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-aggrandizement

Contemporary Examples of self-aggrandizement

  • She took a drubbing, fielding accusations of self-aggrandizement from the financial press and fans alike.

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    Can Suze Orman Save America?

    Adam Auriemma

    November 10, 2013

  • Self-aggrandizement via letting others depend on you can be a poor substitute for a sense of your own accomplishments.

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    Horoscopes: May 8-14

    Starsky + Cox

    May 7, 2011

Historical Examples of self-aggrandizement

  • They were men who thought along the lines of duty, not along the lines of self-aggrandizement.

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

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Absolute turning from his life-purpose for the sake of self-aggrandizement.

    Training the Teacher

    A. F. Schauffler

  • He would do so, however, without any thought of self-aggrandizement.


    John Spargo

  • But jealous seekers after self-aggrandizement plotted against his rule and even attempted his life.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for self-aggrandizement



the act of increasing one's own power, importance, etc, esp in an aggressive or ruthless manner
Derived Formsself-aggrandizing, adjective
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