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[self-flat-uh-ree, self-]
  1. praise and exaggeration of one's own achievements coupled with a denial or glossing over of one's faults or failings; self-congratulation.
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Origin of self-flattery

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formsself-flat·ter·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-flattering

Historical Examples

  • The self-flattering, ease-loving people hated to hear these disagreeable facts.

    The Preacher and His Models

    James Stalker

  • This confirmation of the hope that my bearing is not that of the self-flattering lunatic is given me in ample measure.