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jactance, n.

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Etymology: < French jactance (13th cent. in Godefroy Compl.), < Latin jactāntia  , < jactāntem  , present participle of jactāre  : see jactation n.   and -ance suffix.

  Boasting; vainglorious speaking.

a1492   Caxton tr. Vitas Patrum (1495) i. i. f. iiii/2   Vayn glory or Iactaunce.
1502   tr. Ordynarye of Crysten Men (de Worde) ii. vii. sig. k.i   It is arrogance, iactance, & ypocresye.
1526   W. Bonde Pylgrimage of Perfection iii. sig. aiiv   Iactance, is whan a man sertcheth for the prayse or laude of other, in bostynge hym selfe of any yuell dede.
1828   H. D. Best Italy 163   Let there be no jactance in an epitaph.
1885   Edinb. Rev. Apr. 550   She even asks, with a little unnecessary jactance, ‘Don't you imagine [etc.]’.

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