Antonyms for flatter oneself

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Vain illusion to flatter oneself that one can ever cure an actress of the faults instilled in her from childhood!

Motionless sits he; 'astonished,' one may flatter oneself, 'at the proud bearing (fiere contenance) of the Parisians.'

Yet I can see no ground, except a desire to flatter oneself, for not crediting the élan vital with some such digestive intention.

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