Why was clemency trending last week?


[self-im-pawr-tnt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪmˈpɔr tnt, ˌsɛlf-/
having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance; pompously conceited or haughty.
Origin of self-important
Related forms
self-importance, noun
self-importantly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for self-important
  • There are small and large pieces all throughout the garden, but none of the art is arranged in a self-important way.
  • She was an incredible self-promoter, endlessly self-important.
  • So does the ridiculously self-important pose he affects as his show begins to garner attention.
  • One more self-important lummox hurtling through space, trying to make an impact somewhere.
  • Our self-important press, who think they're so educated, are ignorant on energy matters.
  • They know the lies that permeate the thick, self-important memoirs by amoral statesmen who make wars but do not know war.
  • But his question, if it is a question, rarely has anything to do with the subject and is often long-winded and self-important.
  • My work is important, you are saying, without implying that you are too self-important.
  • But back to self-important people and the fact that this is the first significant blogger novel.
  • It opened up an insecure and defensively self-important profession.
British Dictionary definitions for self-important


having or showing an unduly high opinion of one's own abilities, importance, etc
Derived Forms
self-importantly, adverb
self-importance, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for self-important

"having or showing an exaggerated estimation of one's own importance," 1728, from self- + important. Related: Self-importance (1728).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for self-important

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for self

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with self-important