uppishness


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Noun1.uppishness - assumption of airs beyond one's stationuppishness - assumption of airs beyond one's station
effrontery, presumptuousness, presumption, assumption - audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; "he despised them for their presumptuousness"

uppishness

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This would trouble and irritate some people; the sublime equanimity of the hired boatman under the ordeal affords us a beautiful lesson against ambition and uppishness.
Condemning the policy of reticence as "a stupid dog-in-the-manger one," the article charged that "it suits official uppishness and the pride of police subordinates dressed in a little brief authority to snub and to thwart the representatives of the press, and to be either sulkily silent or barrenly communicative.
The "dissertation" on high people and low people in Fielding's Joseph Andrews or the contests of uppishness among servants in his novels are a comic demonstration of the passionate pedantry which animated the practices of social competitiveness among all gradations of rank, and a rich variety of real-life examples is on display in the writings of the period.