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[self-uh-gran-diz-muh nt, self-]
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  1. increase of one's own power, wealth, etc., usually aggressively.
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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
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Related Words for self-aggrandizement

selfishness, narcissism, self-absorption, arrogance, conceit, egoism, vainglory, pride, vanity, self-aggrandizement, self-praise, immodesty, vainness, self-admiration

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Contemporary Examples of self-aggrandizement

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


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