self-aggrandizement

[self-uh-gran-diz-muh nt, self-]
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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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self-aggrandizement

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for self-aggrandizing
adj.

1798, from self- + aggrandizing (see aggrandize).

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