praise and exaggeration of one's own achievements coupled with a denial or glossing over of one's faults or failings; self-congratulation.
- self-flat·ter·ing, adjective
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How to use self-flattery in a sentence
We judge of every thing by comparison, and self-flattery always renders the comparison favorable to ourselves.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I | Francis Augustus Cox
Such self-flattery is usually the most amiable phase of discontent with one's own inferiority.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3) | George Eliot
self-flattery in so great and weighty a case, is the greatest folly.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4) | Richard Baxter
And do you know—but it's all self-flattery I believe,—still I cannot help fancying the East wind does my head harm too!The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 | Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
In indulging his contempt for him, he unconsciously practised an innocent self-flattery.