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Characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position.  Synonyms: nouveau-riche, parvenu, upstart.
Of or characteristic of a parvenu.  Synonym: parvenu.

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"Parvenue" Quotes from Famous Books

... been very different; and she could have had petunias, or orchids, or any of the rarest hot-house flowers she pleased; but, now, she was poor, although proud, and could not afford them like that rich parvenue. ...
— She and I, Volume 1 • John Conroy Hutcheson

... her literary activity in 1742 with a translation of "La Paysanne Parvenue" by the Chevalier de Mouhy, Mrs. Haywood did not depend entirely upon her pen for support. A notice at the end of the first volume of "The Virtuous Villager, or Virgin's Victory," as her work was called, advertised "new books ...
— The Life and Romances of Mrs. Eliza Haywood • George Frisbie Whicher

Words linked to "Parvenue" :   parvenu, new, nouveau-riche, pretentious

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