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[self-kuh m-pley-suh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf kəmˈpleɪ sənt, ˌsɛlf-/
pleased with oneself; self-satisfied; smug.
Origin of self-complacent
First recorded in 1755-65
Related forms
self-complacence, self-complacency, noun
self-complacently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-complacency
Historical Examples
  • She received my compliments with a great deal of self-complacency.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I particularly detest Dover for the self-complacency with which it goes to bed.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • He was looking at me with a self-complacency which would have been odious in any other man.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • I smiled at the self-complacency of this reasoning, but did not contradict him.

  • "You may be sure I will," said Paul, with a smile of self-complacency.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • In place of self-complacency there was fortitude; yet it was the fortitude of defiance, not of self-knowledge.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • And mark the ignorance and self-complacency of this unhappy man.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • The baronet received him with a countenance renovated with self-complacency. '

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • What shook my equanimity and violently freed me of my self-complacency?

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • His self-complacency was restored; the buffets of the evening were forgotten.

Word Origin and History for self-complacency

1680s, from self- + complacency.



1760, back-formation from self-complacency or else from self- + complacent. Related: Self-complacently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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