- praise and exaggeration of one's own achievements coupled with a denial or glossing over of one's faults or failings; self-congratulation.
Origin of self-flattery
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for self-flattery
It is about the most refined sort of self-flattery imaginable.'Lord Kilgobbin
They have not enough vastness to give me room for self-flattery.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Now there is truth in all this, but not the kind of truth which should lead us to self-flattery.Progress and History
Self-flattery in so great and weighty a case, is the greatest folly.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
Yet that is often rather a self-flattery than a real perception.