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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. 2017.
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  • If so, we are sorry to have to dispel an illusion which would go far to justify the self-complacent tone of her lecture.

  • It makes us self-complacent, easily satisfied with what we perform.

  • But, beside this, there is no true and substantial happiness but for the self-complacent.

    Thoughts on Man William Godwin
  • How he distrusted and feared this smug, self-complacent young man!

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • Occasionally he caught her eye and conveyed to her the anguish of his soul in a glance of self-complacent softness.

    Sybil Benjamin Disraeli
  • He was a self-complacent man, and he brought Winn the wrong luggage.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • Dr. Balloch found Peter sitting at breakfast with Suneva, in his usual cheerful, self-complacent mood.

    Jan Vedder's Wife Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • So with the whole herd of the self-complacent, half-religious Laodiceans.

  • That young Polynesian chief had in him the secret to regenerate a world which has only a self-complacent smile for his faith.

    Impressions And Comments Havelock Ellis
  • That was another kind of Jew which he could not stand—the self-complacent kind.

    The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler
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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