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Bumptious 601 Words You Need to Know

Bumptious 601 Words You Need to Know

/ˈbʌmp.ʃəs/ (adj)


self-important and overconfident, arrogant, megalomaniac, conceited, pompous, self-assertive, self-satisfied, pushy, bossy, bombastic, brash, egotistical, officious, smug, full of yourself, haughty, overbearing, prideful, cocky


Pride is often driven by poor self-worth and shame. We feel so badly about ourselves that we compensate by feeling superior and bumptious. We look for others’ flaws as a way to conceal our own. We relish criticizing others as a defense against recognizing our own shortcomings.

Pride prevents us from acknowledging our human vulnerabilities. This shame-driven pride makes us too uncomfortable to say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong, I made a mistake.” When pride rules, we believe we’re always right. This makes it difficult to sustain intimate relationships; nobody likes being with a know-it-all.




Parts of speech

Noun: bumptiousness

Adverb: bumptiously

About Dr. Mohammad Hossein Hariri Asl

Dr. Mohammad Hossein Hariri Asl is an English and Persian instructor, researcher, inventor, author, blogger, SEO expert, website developer, and the creator of LELB Society. He's got a PhD in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Study our guest posting guidelines for authors.

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