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self-flattering

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Too favorable to one's self; involving too high an idea of one's own virtue or power.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Philotas was prone to self-flattering pillow talk and frequently told Antigone that Alexander was little more than a boy who owed all his success in war to himself and Parmenion.

    Alexander the Great

  • But none of Japan's many impromptu first responders, or the hundreds of thousands of others who do the essential work of service every day around the world, are ever likely to be seen on a film festival's red carpet or on the cover of a self-flattering book.

    Humble Self, to the Rescue

  • The constituencies for each display a cult-like belief in their own superiority, combined with a self-flattering view of themselves as bravely enduring persecution and unfair victimization.

    Ellis Weiner: Rapture And Rand: Peas In A Pod

  • For illumination, we might turn to the well-known SF novel, Eifelheim, but this too may be regarded as self-flattering.

    August 4th, 2009

  • The latter is a self-flattering mythos, but likely no more true than the former.

    August 4th, 2009

  • Their is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all at once.

    Obama, GOP trade barbs in health care fight

  • Some media-driven myths can be self-flattering, offering up heroes in a profession more accustomed to scorn and criticism than applause.

    W. Joseph Campbell: Getting It Wrong : Why Many of American Journalism's Most Cherished Stories Are Exaggerated or Apocryphal

  • Their job is analysis, which is a self-flattering term for gassing on about other people's work and accomplishments.

    Lance Mannion:

  • There is evidence of a party swept up in its own revolutionary fervor - caught up in the self-flattering belief that history has called upon it to solve all problems at once.

    Never Yet Melted

  • Human nature in those old movies is something the medium accepts as a given, instead of pretending it can be remade to suit the self-flattering preconceptions of an ahistorical generation.

    Tuesday, Oct. 20 – The Bleat.

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