boasting

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n boasting speaking of yourself in superlatives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Honolulu, Hawaii boasts the only royal palace in the United States of America
    • n Boasting The act of glorying or vaunting; vainglorious speaking; ostentatious display. "When boasting ends, then dignity begins."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world
    • n boasting A glorying or vaunting; boastful or ostentatious words; bragging language.
    • n boasting Synonyms Brag, bravado, bluster, swagger, swaggering, vainglory, rodomontade, parade, vaporing, rant.
    • n boasting In masonry, the process of dressing the surface of a stone with a broad chisel and mallet.
    • n boasting In sculpture and carving, the act of cutting a stone roughly with a boasting-chisel, so as to give it the general contour of a statue or an ornament. Also called scabbling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York, USA made it in 1875. Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that boast a population in excess of 1 million.
    • ns Boasting ostentatious display: vaunting
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Quotations

  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “He who boasts of his descent, praises the deed of another.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Whatever accomplishment you boast of in the world, there is someone better than you.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Boasting is not well.
"Tom Tufton's Travels" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Men will often boast of doing that, which, if true, would be rather a disgrace to them than otherwise.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
I could boast of nothing in this line.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various
The Russian Government is the open enemy of every liberty we boast of.
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
This regulation excludes at once one half of mankind from its boasted advantages.
"Secret Societies" by David MacDill, Jonathan Blanchard, and Edward Beecher
There are, however, certain extenuating circumstances in the cases of those timid people who take refuge in boasting.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
They will boast a victory over a king or a chief of the reavers; and they will afterwards escape though wounded.
"The Harvard Classics, Volume 49, Epic and Saga" by Various
Mrs. Wickersham openly boasted of her son's success and of her motive, and sent him money lavishly.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
Whatever he undertook, he quietly and without any boasting performed.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Dost thou venture to boast thyself of the beauty of any one of them?
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
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In poetry:

Nature has all its glories lost
When brought before his throne;
No flesh shall in his presence boast,
But in the Lord alone.
"Hymn 96" by Isaac Watts
My tongue, which rashly spoke before,
This mercy will restrain;
Surely I now shall boast no more,
Nor censure, nor complain.
"Humbled And Silenced" by John Newton
He who of honour boasts away,
And she who boasts her virtue,
Give reason to suspect that they
Tell neither him nor her true.
"Maxims" by William Hutton
He would boast with tales outlandish,
Of his valor and renown;
And his cutlass he would brandish
With a fearful pirate frown.
"The Pirate Poodle" by Carolyn Wells
In wrestling I did much excel
And lov'd to douse a boasting fop,
Nor cared I how or where we fell
Provided I fell on the top.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
The boastful knight, now gay with pride
By his successful crimes,
Floating on folly's golden tide,
Prosper'd in stormy times.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley

In news:

SRI Boasts Abilities in Early- and Late-Stage R&D.
Charles Dickens' cheapskate boasts a net worth of $8 billion on this year's list of fiction's richest.
Fashion's newest It girl boasts a bohemian beauty, a haute-y pedigree, and a perfectly curated wardrobe.
The machine boasts one of the longest and slimmest free arms in the industry and the opportunity to create and embroider larger-than-life designs without re-hooping.
Carrying US flags and signs boasting "Finally ExMormon," "Research the church" and "Transcend Mormonism," a crowd hiked Ensign Peak on Saturday and chanted "freedom" to the valley below.
"This recipe only has one, two, three, four, five ingredients so it's going to be very quick to put together" boasts Stephanie Smith of Changing Tides Gifts in Gloucester.
When completed, the Palisades Center mall here is expected to boast an ice-skating rink, a 2,100-seat amphitheater, a 21-screen cinema complex, a carousel, a ferris wheel, more than 15 restaurants and a 2,000-seat food court.
France on paper boasts one of the world's most talented squads, but it staggered through qualifying and only made it through with an assist from Thierry Henry's now notorious forearm.
10-year Marine heard boasts as corporate host.
Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets boasts 57 stores in 11 states, and the Lakewood-based chain now has the capital to expand much more after an initial public offering in July that raised $100 million.
With several new makeup launches happening per year, the cosmetic industry boasts a roster of every lipstick color and formula under the rainbow.
Rose City Antifa is part of the Anti-Racist Action Network, which boasts 20 chapters in cities across the US and Canada.
We've Got a Map boasts the title of experimental folk band Tidelands' upcoming sophomore album – and do they ever.
The harmless but brainless heist movie "Man on a Ledge" calls itself a feature film, and it boasts a feature-caliber cast.
Forestry industry is booming and these 20 companies boast the top spots for biggest operations.
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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
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