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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Another private conference was held between him and the old managing chief, who now seemed more inflated than ever with mystery and self-importance.
This figure unlocked and held open the grating as for the passage of another, who presently appeared, in the form of a young man of small stature and uncommon self-importance, dressed in an obsolete and very gaudy fashion.
Pickwick) would not deny that he was influenced by human passions and human feelings (cheers)-- possibly by human weaknesses (loud cries of "No"); but this he would say, that if ever the fire of self-importance broke out in his bosom, the desire to benefit the human race in preference effectually quenched it.
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.
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.
The insipidity, and yet the noise-- the nothingness, and yet the self-importance of all those people
Before the messenger could be dispatched, he said, with a touch of his old self-importance, "Silence, all of you
She had no resources for solitude; and inheriting a considerable share of the Elliot self-importance, was very prone to add to every other distress that of fancying herself neglected and ill-used.
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.
He was a man with some amount of self-importance and a certain air of command.
I called him a scoundrel," said Noel Vanstone, recovering his self-importance, and raising himself gradually in his chair.
If either you, or that unlucky lady, had questioned my daughter closely, and had insisted on her explaining what she really meant, you would have found her lose all her self-importance suddenly, and get vacant, and restless, and confused--you would have discovered that I am writing nothing here but the plain truth.