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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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  • The self-complacent, mock humility of this speech was all too apparent.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • How he distrusted and feared this smug, self-complacent young man!

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • It makes us self-complacent, easily satisfied with what we perform.

  • The effect of this was to make me anything but self-complacent.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • He was a self-complacent man, and he brought Winn the wrong luggage.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • So with the whole herd of the self-complacent, half-religious Laodiceans.

  • That was another kind of Jew which he could not stand—the self-complacent kind.

    The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler
  • But, beside this, there is no true and substantial happiness but for the self-complacent.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • The minister's welcome was kind, but there was a tinge of self-complacent pride in it.

    The Man From Glengarry Ralph Connor
  • He is as dull as ever, and twice as arrogant and self-complacent.

    Pride Eugne Sue
Word Origin and History for self-complacent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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