Boast

Definition of Boast

v. i.1.To vaunt one's self; to brag; to say or tell things which are intended to give others a high opinion of one's self or of things belonging to one's self; as, to boast of one's exploits courage, descent, wealth.
[imp. & p. p. Boasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Boasting.]
By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: . . not of works, lest any man should boast.
- Eph. ii. 8, 9.
2.To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.
In God we boast all the day long.
- Ps. xliv. 8
v. t.1.To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol.
Lest bad men should boast
Their specious deeds.
- Milton.
2.To display vaingloriously.
3.To possess or have; as, to boast a name.
To boast one's self
to speak with unbecoming confidence in, and approval of, one's self; - followed by of and the thing to which the boasting relates.
Boast not thyself of to-morrow.
- Prov. xxvii. 1
1.(Masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
2.(Sculp.) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
n.1.Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.
Reason and morals? and where live they most,
In Christian comfort, or in Stoic boast!
- Byron.
2.The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, - sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.
The boast of historians.
- Macaulay.

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