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Offensive boldness and assertiveness.  Synonyms: cockiness, forwardness, pushiness.

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"Bumptiousness" Quotes from Famous Books

... jackets; and skirts of bright, showy longcloth suggest the parrot or the cockatoo. The ornaments are large gold earrings and necklaces of beads or coral. I could not but remark the difference of tone. There was none of the extreme 'bumptiousness' and pugnacious impudence of twenty years ago; indeed, the beach-boys, nowhere a promising class, were rather civil than otherwise. Not a single allusion to the contrast of 'white niggahs and black gen'lemen.' Nor did the unruly, disorderly ...
— To the Gold Coast for Gold - A Personal Narrative in Two Volumes.—Vol. I • Richard F. Burton

... a hotel in Sorrento. He was the last male arrival in a slow season; he seemed interesting and promising; evidently they had had hopes. "But," asked one of them, "how is it you are willing to register openly from such a town as that?"—and Raymond had felt the sting. "Such nerve, such bumptiousness!" he said to me in recalling that query some years later. But he did not add that he had tried to deliver any riposte. Instead he was now to make a belated return at home, where effort most counted. The years immediately ...
— On the Stairs • Henry B. Fuller

... big fool of niggah, take dat!" he cried triumphantly. "Guess dat'll take de shine out ob your ole coat, wid yer grandy airs an' bumptiousness!" ...
— The White Squall - A Story of the Sargasso Sea • John Conroy Hutcheson

... 1613 he issued a new edition of Montaigne's Essays which he dedicated to the Queen. A comparison of the flattering sycophancy of this dedication with the quick transition of his tone in his curt and insolent address "To the Reader" in the same book will give some idea of the man's shallow bumptiousness. ...
— Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592 • Arthur Acheson

... bumptiousness, felt friends with him at once, and began sucking in all his ways and prejudices, as fast as he could ...
— Tom Brown's Schooldays • Thomas Hughes

... and then she opened her two arms wide, and put them round Fanny's neck and kissed her: her innocent vanity was gratified, and her gracious nature suggested gratitude to her who had brought her the compliment, instead of the usual ungrateful bumptiousness ...
— The Woman-Hater • Charles Reade

... ideal met a condition of living—a fact that will provide the explanation for which I seek. But optimism, "boosting," muck- raking (not all of its manifestations are pretty), social service, religious, municipal, democratic reform, indeed the "uplift" generally, is evidence of the vigor, the bumptiousness of the inherited American tendency to pursue the ideal. No one can doubt that in 1918 we believed, at least, in idealism. Nevertheless, so far as the average individual is concerned, with just his share and ...
— Definitions • Henry Seidel Canby

... the omnibus would not permit. This rejoiced her much; but being a woman of experience, she continued a little anxious lest his sweet ways should go after his rags, lest his new garments should breed bumptiousness and bad manners. For such a change is no unfrequent result of prosperity. But such had been Mr. Porson's teaching and example, such Mrs. Person's management, and such the responsiveness of the boy's disposition, that the thought never came to him whether this ...
— A Rough Shaking • George MacDonald

... sir. He 'listed just at the same time as me, sir; and then, all along of his bumptiousness and liking to bully everybody, while I was always easy-going and friends with every one, he gets first his corp'ral's stripes, and then his sergeant's, and begins to play Jack-in-office, till his uniform's always ready to crack at the seams. Just ...
— Fix Bay'nets - The Regiment in the Hills • George Manville Fenn

Words linked to "Bumptiousness" :   forwardness, assertiveness, pushiness, bumptious, cockiness, self-assertiveness

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