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Describing behaviour that is intended to impress others - thesaurus

Synonyms

grand

adjective

a grand person behaves as if they are very important

flamboyant

adjective

behaving or dressing in a way that deliberately attracts attention

grandly

adverb

in a way that tries to impress you or to make you feel admiration but often does not

bombastic

adjective

using words that are intended to impress people but do not sound sincere or do not express things very clearly

dramatic

adjective

dramatic behaviour is done to impress other people

bling

adjective

informal deliberately showing that you are rich by spending money in an obvious way, or wearing expensive clothes or jewellery

trophy

adjective

showing disapproval used about things that you get because you want to impress other people

ostentatious

adjective

showing disapproval intended to impress people or attract their admiration, in a way that you think is extreme and unnecessary

boastful

adjective

showing disapproval someone who is boastful often talks proudly about things they have done or can do, or about something they own, especially in order to make other people admire them

flash

adjective

informalshowing disapproval if someone is flash, they own expensive things in order to show how much money they have

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attention-seeking

adjective

attempting to get other people's attention, especially by behaving badly or in a very noticeable way

for effect

if you do something for effect, you do it in order to impress people

ostentatious

adjective

showing disapproval always trying to impress people with how rich, important, skilful etc you are

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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