self-flattery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From self- +‎ flattery.

Noun[edit]

self-flattery (uncountable)

  1. The holding of an unjustifiably high opinion of oneself or one's actions.
    • 2007, Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery[1]:
      When self-flattery is turned up high it gets your adrenaline pumping, it rivets your attention.
    • 2010, Albrecht Classen, Friendship in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age[2]:
      Causing blindness to one's own faults, self-love ultimately generates self-flattery, according to Plutarch's discussion.
    • 2016, Boyd Bailey, Two Minutes in the Bible Through Psalms[3]:
      Self-flattery is foolish.

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