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- n. The state of being bumptious; conceitedness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Conceitedness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being bumptious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. offensive boldness and assertiveness
Leon looked after him rather disconsolately, as though at a loss to understand what could have happened to take all the fight and "bumptiousness" out of the former bully.
Surely if a new student shows, in the language of cant, "bumptiousness," the older students could "take him down" by dignity of manner or quiet sarcasm, rather than descend to the level of the blacking brush.
And who is to settle as to what is "an intelligent public opinion," that has the right to put down "bumptiousness"?
There was none of the extreme 'bumptiousness' and pugnacious impudence of twenty years ago; indeed, the beach-boys, nowhere a promising class, were rather civil than otherwise.
At different times poets and writers, good people of distinction and philanthropy, weary of the "storm and stress" of life and of invasions and intolerable "bumptiousness" of the vulgar and indiscriminating, have tried to secure a place and surroundings where high thinking and simple living might order their days and secure to them companionship fit for the gods; but the noblest and best of humanity are not permitted to go off by themselves in such ways and have a little heaven on earth all to themselves.
"bumptiousness," or would -- while breaking them off as fast as they appeared -- ask them to accumulate "sufficient data to convince an intelligent public opinion."
It is also that they can't stand his mix of bumptiousness and headmasterly pomposity.
I was well aware of his reputation for bumptiousness.
Philanthropy had come to know Mrs. Crisparkle during the last re – matching of the china ornaments (in other words during her last annual visit to her sister), after a public occasion of a philanthropic nature, when certain devoted orphans of tender years had been glutted with plum buns, and plump bumptiousness.
And that, really, is at the bottom of his bumptiousness.
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