self-importance


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self-im·por·tance

(sĕlf′ĭm-pôr′tns)
n.
Excessively high regard for one's own importance or station; conceit.

self′-im·por′tant adj.
self′-im·por′tant·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-importance - an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to othersself-importance - an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
pride, pridefulness - a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
2.self-importance - an exaggerated opinion of your own importanceself-importance - an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
conceitedness, vanity, conceit - the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
superiority complex - an exaggerated estimate of your own value and importance

self-importance

noun
An exaggerated belief in one's own importance:
Translations

self-importance

[ˌselfɪmˈpɔːtəns] Nprepotencia f

self-importance

[ˌsɛlfɪmˈpɔːtns] npresunzione f, boria

self-important

(selfimˈpoːtənt) adjective
having too high an opinion of one's own importance. a self-important little man.
ˌself-imˈportance noun
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The spectator feels it to be fool's play, when he can distinguish the tedious commonplace of each man's visage, with the perspiration and weary self-importance on it, and the very cut of his pantaloons, and the stiffness or laxity of his shirt-collar, and the dust on the back of his black coat.
And each of them had an individuality of his own, a will of his own, a hope and a heart's desire; each was full of self- confidence, of self-importance, and a sense of dignity.
The Alps and the glaciers together are able to take every bit of conceit out of a man and reduce his self-importance to zero if he will only remain within the influence of their sublime presence long enough to give it a fair and reasonable chance to do its work.
Elinor had heard enough, if not to gratify her vanity, and raise her self-importance, to agitate her nerves and fill her mind;--and she was therefore glad to be spared from the necessity of saying much in reply herself, and from the danger of hearing any thing more from her brother, by the entrance of Mr.
I called him a scoundrel," said Noel Vanstone, recovering his self-importance, and raising himself gradually in his chair.
Young women are seldom seen there; when they come it is to seek approbation of their conduct,--a consecration of their self-importance.
There was a touch of the magistrate in the man, a good deal more of the Councillor of the Prefecture, all the self-importance of the mayor of the arrondissement, the local autocrat, and the soured temper of the unsuccessful candidate who has never been returned since the year 1816.
Another private conference was held between him and the old managing chief, who now seemed more inflated than ever with mystery and self-importance.
The most usual form of monomania has commonly the same beginning as that from which Edgar Caswall suffered--an over-large idea of self-importance.
Before the messenger could be dispatched, he said, with a touch of his old self-importance, "Silence, all of you
So Lady Lundie's outraged self-importance asserted its violated claims on human respect, until her distinguished medical guest came to the rescue and smoothed his hostess's ruffled plumes.
With these words, Mr Lillyvick, whose manner had exhibited through the whole of this interview a most extraordinary compound of precipitation, hesitation, confidence and doubt, fondness, misgiving, meanness, and self-importance, turned his back upon the room, and left Nicholas to enjoy a laugh by himself if he felt so disposed.