braggadocio

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Meaning(s)

vain or empty boasting

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braggadocio - arrogance

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The formal word ‘braggadocio’ is used to describe great confidence or overconfidence that a person expresses in their own abilities and achievements. Such people like to boast, typically without a legitimate reason to, and tend to talk in an exaggerated way in order to make themselves look more important or talented than they really are. Always used in a negative context.

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  1. A lot rested on us getting this deal over the line. Despite his usual braggadocio, I know the boss was just as nervous as the rest of us.

  2. I always make a point of being gracious in victory. There’s nothing more unedifying than triumphant braggadocio.

  3. I’m never quite sure when Luke is telling the truth as he is given to hyperbole, exaggeration, and braggadocio.

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