from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Excessively high regard for one's own importance or station; conceit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An exaggerated estimate of one's own importance or merit, especially as manifested by the conduct or manners; self-conceit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An exaggerated estimate of one's own importance or merit, esp. as manifested by the conduct or manners; self-conceit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The feeling or the manner of one who too much obtrudes his sense of his own importance; egotism; pomposity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
- n. an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
You should never set out to destroy the left or right, or conquer evil or good, because it will make you hallucinate delusions of self-importance.
Note that what is supposed to be an example of bad prose turns out to be a criticism of one character's "puerile humor and self-importance" and of the notion that "in a mad world only the madmen are sane," etc.
They have a grandiose sense of self-importance and entitlement, hog attention and crave admiration.
In America, politicians are the modern day protagonist, and most of them commit acts of sexual folly due to an overinflated sense self-importance.
This shadow transmutes into wisdom by letting go of your self-importance and experiencing the enriching depth, expansiveness, and abundance of all life with equanimity.
This is what happens when you surround yourself with sycophants and your sense of self-importance and righteousness gets too bloated.
Efforts to clamp down on discomfiting material result not in frustrated acquiescence but in renewed assaults on the self-importance that lies behind knee-jerk censorial action.
Not only are they frighteninly ignorant, they seem to have acquired a heightened sense of self-importance.
And she often targeted their self-importance and other foibles for abuse, knowing it was the quickest way to cheer up her friend.
They have an inflated sense of their own self-importance and the deep need for admiration.