• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-importance an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
    • n self-importance an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-importance An exaggerated estimate of one's own importance or merit, esp. as manifested by the conduct or manners; self-conceit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-importance The feeling or the manner of one who too much obtrudes his sense of his own importance; egotism; pomposity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-importance a high estimate of one's own importance: egotism: pomposity
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  • Brian Tracy
    “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.”
  • J. Donald Walters
    J. Donald Walters
    “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.”
  • Korean Proverb
    Korean Proverb
    “Where there are no tigers, a wild cat is very self-important.”
  • Arthur Ashe
    Arthur Ashe
    “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

He is then so self-important, this half-frenzied man!
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
But now their self-importance is overwhelming and superior to all considerations.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
When Don, after dressing, left his house for the Stuyvesants' that evening, it was with a curious sense of self-importance.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
No more solemn conferences of self-important, self-willed scientists filled the commander's cabin!
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
Like most children, she liked the importance which an illness gave to her small self.
"A Dear Little Girl's Thanksgiving Holidays" by Amy E. Blanchard
That is more important than building castles in the air for one's self.
"All the Way to Fairyland" by Evelyn Sharp
Franklin, on this journey, was deeply impressed with the importance of a union of the colonies for self-defence.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
She was inclined to be fussy and self-important and lacking in self-reliance.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
There is a mixture of servility and self-importance in his letter, which promises well.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Dynamics would thus be, in a very important respect, self-retarding if not self-halting.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark

In poetry:

If for his pride th' archangel fell
From Heaven, to th' abyss of Hell;
Where shall we, dust and dirt, be tost,
If we our self-importance boast?
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
I shall sit like a sibyl, hour after hour intent,
Watching the future come and the present go,
And the little shifting pictures of people rushing
In restless self-importance to and fro.
"The Crystal Gazer" by Sara Teasdale
If her request his ears should greet,
He finds denial vastly sweet:
For self-importance would be wanted,
Were her solicitations granted.
For power and beauty, and your shoes,
Are not to lie by, but to use.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton

In news:

A boastful and self-important person.
THE story of astronomy is one long, slow assault on our sense of self-importance.
The hip clothes, uninterested attitude and air of self-importance you find in many of his peers is totally nonexistent.
Capital will come cascading in to some novel business venture, a must-have product or service, an industry founded by a guy with a blessed amount of brainpower and the self-importance to match.
The (Self) Importance of Being Isadora.
Beautifully shot 'Women Without Men' weighted down by its own self-importance .
'Killing Them Softly' is a little too self-important .
Self-important 'Lions' disappoints, despite its star-studded cast.
Beautifully shot 'Women Without Men' weighted down by its own self-importance.
Unfortunately, on the way to delivering that message, it becomes weighted down by its own dreary self-importance.
Buddy Check 10 Is a simple reminder that a regular breast self-exam is an important step for the early detection of breast cancer.
Sandy shows parents the importance of self-sustenance and emergency preparation.
She discovered it when she did her monthly breast self-exam, something she would stress the importance of to her patients.
Among these, is the important practice of learning self-control.
Any manipulation or self-importance in the text is soon laid bare.

In science:

Another important consequence of this consideration is that there is no self-contraction contribution to leading order in λ′ .
Open+Closed String Field Theory From Gauge Fields
It is important to note that all of the above expressions for the self-energy, in the spirit of the DMFT approach, involve the Weiss Green function.
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb
One of the important issues in the physics of disordered systems is the understanding of which physical quantities are self averaging, i.e. for which observables the sample to sample fluctuations vanish in the thermodynamic limit[4, 3].
Scale Invariance and Self-averaging in disordered systems
We show also that the smal lness and sparseness of the offdiagonal elements is important for the self-averaging effect.
Random phase vector for calculating the trace of a large matrix
Some of the most important self-similar spaces in mathematics are Julia sets.
General self-similarity: an overview