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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

One that has recently acquired wealth or power and is lacking the appropriate manners, dignity, or prestige.

Usage examples (21)
  • The parvenu was easily recognized in the gathering of aristocrats.
  • The defense that they are merely copying the American parvenu is no justification.
  • Mlle. de Montijo, used the very word "parvenu" in speaking of himself and of his family.
  • None was touched with that feigned agony which had too often deceived the public hope; and distance nowhere prevented the weight of the dreaded 'parvenu' from being felt. for more
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