parvenuism

parvenu

[pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo, pahr-vuh-noo, -nyoo]
noun
1.
a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
adjective
2.
being or resembling a parvenu.
3.
characteristic of a parvenu.

Origin:
1795–1805; < French: upstart, noun use of past participle of parvenir to arrive, reach < Latin pervenīre, equivalent to per- per- + venīre to come

parvenudom, noun
parvenuism, noun
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parvenu (ˈpɑːvəˌnjuː)
 
n
1.  a person, esp a man, who, having risen socially or economically, is considered to be an upstart or to lack the appropriate refinement for his or her new position
 
adj
2.  of or characteristic of a parvenu
 
[C19: from French, from parvenir to attain, from Latin pervenīre, from per through + venīre to come]

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parvenu
"upstart," 1802, from Fr. parvenu, "said of an obscure person who has made a great fortune," noun use of pp. of parvenir "to arrive," from L. pervenire, from per- "through" + venire "to come" (see venue).
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