from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being toplofty.
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There is what an Irish Member, in a moment of inspiration, called a "toploftiness" about his social demeanour which is not a little irritating.
He later wrote, “That week, the postman rang and rang, and I paid off my terrible small debts, bought a suit, and woke up every morning into a world of ineffable toploftiness and promise.”
The one who'd scowled at Rhavas shed his toploftiness like a lizard wriggling out of its skin.
The rhetoric of Fiske and Strong is not our rhetoric, no doubt, but toploftiness is not imperialism.
Crudity, "freshness" on our side, arrogance, toploftiness on theirs: such is one generalization I would have you disengage from my anecdotes.