American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Boast

BOAST, v.i. [Gr. to inflate; L. fastus.]

1. To brag,or vaunt one’s self; to make an ostentatious display, in speech, of one’s own worth, property, or actions.

2. To glory; to speak with laudable pride and ostentation of meritorious persons or things.

I boast of you to them of Macedonia. St. Paul. 2. Cor.9.

Usually, it is followed by of; sometimes by in.

3. To exalt one’s self.

With your mouth you have boasted against me. Ezek.

BOAST, v.t. To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity or exultation, with a view to self-commendation.

Lest men should boast their specious deeds.

1. Magnify or exalt.

They boast themselves in the multitude of their riches. Psa 49.

2. To exult in confident expectation.

Boast not thyself of tomorrow. Prov 27.

BOAST, n. Expression of ostentation, pride or vanity; a vaunting.

Thou makest thy boast of the law. Rom 2

1. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride, vanity, or laudable exultation.

Trial by peers is the boast of the British nation.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Boast," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DACKCD7XZPFF876.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Boast." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 22 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DACKCD7XZPFF876.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Boast' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DACKCD7XZPFF876.