braggardism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

braggard +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

braggardism (usually uncountable, plural braggardisms)

  1. Boastfulness; tendency to brag.
    • c. 1594, William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II, Scene 4,[1]
      Valentine. She shall be dignified with this high honour—
      To bear my lady’s train, lest the base earth
      Should from her vesture chance to steal a kiss
      And, of so great a favour growing proud,
      Disdain to root the summer-swelling flower
      And make rough winter everlastingly.
      Proteus. Why, Valentine, what braggardism is this?
    • 1893, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly (translator), The Downfall (La Débâcle) by Émile Zola, London: Chatto & Windus, Part 2, Chapter 5, p. 252,[2]
      [] they could be seen venturing slowly and quietly under the projectiles, as far as the spots where the soldiers had fallen. They often crawled along on hands and knees, and endeavoured to take advantage of the various ditches and hedges, of all the protection that the ground afforded, never evincing any braggardism in unnecessarily exposing themselves to peril.
    • 1943, Howard Browne, Warrior of the Dawn, Chapter 20, in Amazing Stories, January 1943,[3]
      Once, Brutan came back from the arena with his left cheek laid open from an animal’s claw. But the wound had dulled no part of his braggardism and he told a highly colored tale of an encounter against nearly impossible odds.

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