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.
On a walk along the sands, Somers observes men picking coal from the jetty as a bucolic landscape, but is discomfited by how "Australian working men" mix their "democratic uppishness with a queer lousy quality, like a bushranger" (127), and, indeed, the men deny his authority to frame them: "They silently objected to his looking, so he went on" (127).
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.