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The act or practice of enhancing or exaggerating one's own importance, power, or reputation.

self′-ag·gran′diz′ing (-ə-grăn′dī′zĭng) adj.
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Adj.1.self-aggrandizing - of or relating to or characteristic of self-aggrandizement
2.self-aggrandizing - exhibiting self-importanceself-aggrandizing - exhibiting self-importance; "big talk"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
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A self-aggrandizing ruling class that fails to understand the rest of humanity.
The liberal media easily dismissed Hillary Clinton's self-aggrandizing lie as a trivial faux pax.
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In this day and age of self-aggrandizing pop stars, it is hard for today's generation to imagine that there ever existed a selfless singer of song who was only concerned with the causes he sang about and not his celebrity.
The status quo, based on a self-aggrandizing and insatiable commercial model, is untenable.
But busyness is an entirely self-aggrandizing way of life.
While grandiose narcissism is characterized by an extroverted, self-aggrandizing, domineering and flamboyant interpersonal style.
To others, Manning is a self-aggrandizing traitor who was entrusted with state secrets and betrayed that trust by releasing secret information that damaged U.
What it is, is a series of self-aggrandizing pornographic daydreams intended to prop up the sagging legend of its author as an icon of below-14th Street duende.
That put Flacco under serious fire as it seemed out of turn for a quarterback who hadn't won or even reached a Super Bowl to make such a self-aggrandizing statement.
The ruling came less than two weeks after the court sunk a similarly self-aggrandizing proposal, the one put forth by Texan Michael Wasserman that would have given him the exclusive rights to run casinos in seven Arkansas counties.
Summary: Autobiography and memoir are, by their very nature, self-aggrandizing literary forms.