boastfulness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n boastfulness outspoken conceit
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Honolulu, Hawaii boasts the only royal palace in the United States of America
    • n boastfulness The state or quality of being boastful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world
    • ns Boastfulness ostentatious display: vaunting
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Quotations

  • Dr. Emmit Fox
    Dr. Emmit Fox
    “Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.”
  • Young
    Young
    “When boasting ends, there dignity begins.”
  • Robert C. Edwards
    Robert C. Edwards
    “Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.”
  • Aubrey Beardsley
    Aubrey Beardsley
    “No language is rude that can boast polite writers.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through a transfer of idolatry.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bost, of doubtful origin; apparently W. bostio, Gael. bòsd, a bragging, are borrowed.

Usage

In literature:

It was less an admission than a boast.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
One of the men boasted that if Dare had not given the bull for payment, he should have been compelled to give it by force.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Only the fool, whose will signifies nothing, boasts to have created it himself.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
We observe Pilate blaming Jesus for refusing to answer him; boasting of his power, and appealing to our Lord that he possessed it.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
In vain the counsels of the mind, and the tongue's boast.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
A farmer omitting the preposition boasts of having "raised right smart corn" this year.
"The Hoosier Schoolmaster" by Edward Eggleston
Where, marriage, is thy cure, which husbands boast, That in possession their desire is lost?
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
And between those two Brahmanas there are always much boastful rivalry.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Why dost thou, therefore, boast of thyself?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
He was just idly boasting and nothing more.
"The Adventures of Prickly Porky" by Thornton W. Burgess
But such inward boastings are not altogether bad.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Their boastful familiarity was simply odious.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
Among them the best blood of which the neighbourhood can boast.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
The Major's assertion concerning his "pull" was no idle boast.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
Of such bold boasting unadvised; lest one O'erhearing you, report your words within.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
With all our boasted American hustle it took twenty years to build the Canadian Pacific railway from coast to coast.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
I may boast as much in Christ as Peter or the mother of God may boast.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Looking upon one and another, he boasted of how he had slain their friends and relatives.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
His parting word was no idle boast.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 360, October 1845" by Various
It is nothing to boast of.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
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In poetry:

When Peter boasted, soon he fell,
Yet was by grace restored;
His case should be regarded well
By all who fear the Lord.
"Peter Sinning And Repenting" by John Newton
All's our own, to make the most of, Sweet—-
Sing and say for,
Watch and pray for,
Keep a secret or go boast of, Sweet!
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning
And thus they to each other said,
"Yon handful down to hew
Will be no boastful tale to tell,
The peasants are so few."—
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Flower of the German Culture,
Boast of the Kaiser's Marine,
Choose for your emblem the vulture,
Cowardly, cruel, obscene!
"Homeward Bound" by Henry Van Dyke
I glory in infirmities,
Yet daily am sham'd of these;
Yea, all my pride gives up the ghost,
When once I but begin to boast.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
I turned on Arnold, and I vowed
To pay with coin of hate
His ten-mile ride, his boasted skill,
If he should prove too late;
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn

In news:

This four-way divider boasts phase balance of 2.
This small town with a German flair boasts something to do for foodies, wine lovers, and shopaholics.
Monks taught the game to the French nobility, and the country boasted as many as 1800 courts at one point.
The wineries in this extreme northeastern Italian region of hills and valleys are scattered among charming villages, each of which boasts its own highly touted restaurant.
San Diego boasts the best retirement communities in the country, if not the world.
Nothing but a G-string Jay Thunderbolt boasts his very own strip club in his house.
Irish 2000 boasts an average attendance of 14,000 attendees, ranking it in the top five Irish festivals in the United States.
While France boasts a skyrocketing number of 3D animated films in development and production, 3D live-action projects are scarcer to come by.
Loophole boasts a unique base that can be flipped in either direction (with its wide end on the floor or under the glass top).
Gekko Partners founder boasts a net worth of $8.5 billion on this year's list of fiction's richest.
The Paris Motor Show has a patina of glamor that no other show can boast.
New paper boasts high gloss and excellent contrast characteristics.
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. Kalahari Resorts, which boasts two of the nation's largest indoor waterparks, is adding a laundry water-recycling and filtration system that reportedly will allow it to reuse 70% of its laundry water.
2 Chainz Has The Year's Funniest, Creepiest Sexual Boast.
When Susan Lyne joined Gilt Groupe in September 2008, the online retailer boasted a staff of 55 employees.
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In science:

Although space missions may one day boast collecting areas rivaling those of ground-based telescopes, in the near future it is the latter that will push the envelope to provide the necessary constraints.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
Let us fix any numbering of the edges of G and, for each spanning tree T , let B (T ) be the set of “bad” edges of G \ T , that is, edges which boast the lowest index of any edge in the cycle formed with T .
Branched Polymers
None of its subsequent modifications can boast of such a firm and uniquely interpreted experimental ground.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
My humble, non-economist view is that the proof is in the pudding: an industry does not become a boom market boasting 20% annual growth for an entire decade – unless it is very profitable indeed.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
This is the underlying premise behind the professional social networking site LinkedIn, which now boasts more than 40 million users .
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
Both camps can boast a healthy constituency, and most of this paper should be readily accessible to anyone in either.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology
The canonical approach to quantum gravity (see for a recent review) boasts two remarkable sets of results.
Quasinormal Modes, the Area Spectrum, and Black Hole Entropy
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