bovarism

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Etymology[edit]

Named after the character of Emma Bovary in Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary + -ism.

Noun[edit]

bovarism (uncountable)

  1. An imagined or unrealistic conception of oneself
  2. (psychology) An anxiety to escape from a social or sentimental condition judged to be unsatisfactory, sometimes by building a fictitious personality

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