Bumptious vs Narcissistic - What's the difference?

bumptious | narcissistic |

As adjectives the difference between bumptious and narcissistic

is that bumptious is obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme while narcissistic is having an inflated idea of one's own importance.

As a noun narcissistic is

a narcissist.




(en adjective)
  • Obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.
  • * 1877 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), (A Study in Scarlet) :
  • "There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously. "What is the use of having brains in our profession. I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it." I was still annoyed at his bumptious style of conversation; I thought it best to change the topic.
  • * 1918 , , The Mirror and the Lamp , ch. 22:
  • From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious ; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
  • * 1928 , (Virginia Woolf), :
  • She could stand it no longer. It was full of prying old women, she said, who stared in one's face, and of bumptious young men who trod on one's toes.

    Derived terms

    * bumptiously * bumptiousness




    (en adjective)
  • Having an inflated idea of one's own importance.
  • Obsessed with one's own self image and ego.
  • Antonyms



    (en noun)
  • A narcissist.
  • * 1996 , Susan B. Gall, Bernard Beins, Alan Feldman, The Gale encyclopedia of psychology (page 247)
  • Because narcissistics cannot handle failure, they will take great lengths to avoid risks and situations in which defeat is a possibility.