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. Numerous fresh trails, and various other signs, persuaded Captain Bonneville that there must be a considerable village of Nez Perces in the neighborhood; but as his worthy companion, the old chief, said nothing on the subject, and as it appeared to be in some way connected with his secret operations, he asked no questions, but patiently awaited the development of his mystery.
But a grumpy recluse cannot worry his subordinates: whereas the man in whom the sense of duty is strong (or, perhaps, only the sense of self-importance), and who persists in airing on deck his moroseness all day - and perhaps half the night - becomes a grievous infliction.
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. Alienists, who study the matter exactly, probably know more of human vanity and its effects than do ordinary men.
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 asked with some self-importance. "I trust that there is nothing of consequence which I have overlooked?"
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.