Boasting is the act of making an ostentatious speech.[1] It is considered a vice by such major religious groups as Christianity,[2] Islam,[3] Hinduism,[4] and Buddhism.[5] Boasting has also been studied by such evolutionary psychologists as Robert Wright[6], and can involve magnifying an accomplishment out of proportion to its importance.[7]

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  • Boasting — Boast ing, n. The act of glorying or vaunting; vainglorious speaking; ostentatious display. [1913 Webster] When boasting ends, then dignity begins. Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boasting — index bombast, orgulous, overstatement, pretentious (pompous), rodomontade Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Boasting — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Boasting >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 boasting boasting &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 boast boast vaunt crake| Sgm: N 1 pretense pretense pretensions Sgm: N 1 puff puff puffery …   English dictionary for students

  • Boasting — Boast Boast, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boasting}.] [OE. bosten, boosten, v., bost, boost, n., noise, boasting; cf. G. bausen, bauschen, to swell, pusten, Dan. puste, Sw. pusta, to blow, Sw. p[ o]sa to swell; or W. bostio to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boasting — noun The making of boasts. It get boring listening to his boasting about his daughter …   Wiktionary

  • boasting — A long tradition of exegesis emphasized the difference between Judaism and the message of Paul: that whereas a Pharisee boasted of his success if he scrupulously obeyed every precept of the Law, and thus earned the salvation to which Jewishness… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • boasting — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Bragging speech Nouns 1. boasting, boast, vaunt[ing], puff, fanfaronade, bluster, gasconade, braggadocio, bravado, swagger, exultation, jactation; gloating, exultation; buncombe (See absurdity); bounce… …   English dictionary for students

  • boasting — n. act of speaking of oneself in superlatives; bravado; self praise; act of glorying; conceited and boastful speaking; pretentious display bəʊst n. act of bragging, something bragged about v. brag, exaggerate about oneself …   English contemporary dictionary

  • boasting —    Dressing or shaping the surface of a stone block with a broad chisel …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • boasting — n. Vaunt, brag. See boast …   New dictionary of synonyms