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Boasting is a form of interpersonal communication, the act of making an ostentatious and exaggerated speech.[1] It is considered a vice by such major religious groups as Christianity,[2] Islam,[3] Hinduism,[4] and Buddhism.[5]

Boasting has also been studied by such evolutionary psychologists as Robert Wright[6], and can involve magnifying an accomplishment out of proportion to its importance.[7]

See also


  1. Noah Webster (1844). An American Dictionary of the English Language: Exhibiting the Origin, Orthography, Pronunciation, and Definition of Words, Harper & Brothers.
  2. William C. McDonald; William Plail (1997). Fifteenth Century Studies, Camden House Publishing.
  3. Jan Knappert (1985). Islamic Legends: Histories of the Heroes, Saints, and Prophets of Islam, Brill Archive.
  4. (2007) What Is Hinduism?: Modern Adventures Into a Profound Global Faith, Himalayan Academy Publications.
  5. Kenneth Kuan Shêng Chʻên (1968). Buddhism: The Light of Asia, Barron's Educational Series.
  6. Robert Wright (1994). The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life, Random House of Canada.
  7. Brown, Nina W., Coping With Infuriating, Mean, Critical People - The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern 2006

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