One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance.‘a pathetic display of pompous self-adulation’
self-centredness, egocentricity, egomania, self-interest, selfishness, self-seeking, self-serving, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-love, narcissism, self-admiration, vanity, conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, pride, self-esteem, self-importanceView synonyms
- ‘Ethical leaders do not view achievements as the result of their own endeavours deserving of self-adulation.’
- ‘It compensates for its physical and spiritual inadequacies with national self-adulation and pompous symbolism.’
- ‘He insulated his activity and science from self-adulation, authoritarianism, and overstatement of its proper role.’
- ‘Not only are we a nation of misguided opinions, bad taste and self-adulation, we are also deeply dissatisfied citizens in need of answers and greater meaning.’
- ‘His rule was based on fear, torture, patronage, self-adulation and aggrandisement.’
- ‘The unselfconscious self-adulation with which tradesmen promoted their products seems charmingly free of out and out braggadocio.’
- ‘A recent book by a professor at the University of Grenoble has at last attacked this cycle of self-adulation.’
- ‘Self-adulation had prevented him from being quite the universal hero he fancied himself to be in literature, sex, or politics.’
- ‘He allowed his soloists to indulge in sheer self-adulation.’
- ‘He hasn't the time for the denigration of others or self-adulation.’
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