Definition of self-importance in English:



  • An exaggerated sense of one's own value or importance.

    ‘he was a big, blustering, opinionated cop, full of self-importance’
    • ‘They introduce rules of engagement and silly words to enhance a sense of self-importance among the initiated.’
    • ‘There was a palpable sense of self-importance in much of the media's response.’
    • ‘I certainly do not have a sense of self-importance in this.’
    • ‘To me, that smacks of an oversized sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘Gilmore's sense of self-importance showed itself in other ways.’
    • ‘These strategies appeal to and then exacerbate greed and vanity to enhance the sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘Although she had the self-awareness to keep a diary, she seems to have had no inflated sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘The journalistic sense of self-importance that flowed from the myth has become a dynamo of destruction.’
    • ‘One criticism that I levy at this set is the sense of self-importance the reporters sometimes have.’
    • ‘Without any exaggerated sense of self-importance, the 86-year-old surgeon sat in his spartan office room.’
    • ‘It was vanity and a perverted sense of self-importance that were the source of his evil deed.’
    • ‘I had parents who never let me get carried away with my own sense of self-importance, and that was particularly the case with being asthmatic.’
    • ‘Administrators tend to multiply and become inflated with their sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘He tends to devalue others in order to maintain his own exaggerated sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘Having too many choices not only defeats the objective of providing each of us with a neater fit but it inflates our sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘Many of the most ingrained ‘caveman’ character instincts derive from a sense of self-importance or ego.’
    • ‘It may be that if I had a bigger ego, I might feel happier in life - a sense of self-importance might carry me along with more assurance.’
    • ‘His was not a pampered upbringing, but he did grow up with a sense of entitlement and self-importance because of his family background.’
    • ‘He says he no longer has any real constituency or constituents and that this latest endeavour is all about his sense of self-importance.’
    • ‘They had money, status and liberal political ideas, and a vulgarity to match their sense of self-importance.’
    haughtiness, conceit, hubris, self-importance, egotism, sense of superiority
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/ˈˌself əmˈpôrtns/