coxcomb

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a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments

a cap worn by court jesters

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the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds

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The first indication that the letter is to take this spectacular turn comes early on with an attack on "spiritual pride and intellectual coxcombry which has been so often the bane of the studious and learned!" (219), but it is not until Hazlitt contemplates his son's physical presence that the deeper significance of the attack on learning begins to make itself felt.
Now, Lamb writes, "We must love or hate--acquit or condemn--censure or pity--exert our detestable coxcombry of moral judgment upon everything.