I had no solace from self-approbation: none even from self-respect.
I want no reward but self-approbation,—and yours, my beloved, too.
I will go out and tell the truth; then we shall, at least, have the security of self-approbation.
Every object was pleasing, for it shone with the reflected light of self-approbation.
This sense of self-approbation is very characteristic of the alcoholic.
Exert yourself to obviate all humiliating surmises, and you will amply be repaid by the balm of self-approbation.'
She was merely carried off her feet by vain love of self-approbation, which led her far beyond the bounds of honourable prudence.
A little glow of self-approbation suddenly prompted him to add: You know, I know about it now.
With the compressed lips of self-approbation she deftly assisted her mistress to swathe her head in the mantilla-like veil.
Would you know to what period I can look back with self-approbation, with thankfulness?
late 14c., "proven effectiveness, excellence," from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) "an approval," noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning "approval, endorsement" is from early 15c.