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[self-sat-is-fak-shuh n] /ˈsɛlfˌsæt ɪsˈfæk ʃən/
a usually smug satisfaction with oneself, one's achievements, etc.
Origin of self-satisfaction
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It cannot be supposed that she looked back on the past events of her life with any self-satisfaction.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • To-day their self-satisfaction has made them indifferent to anything that elevates.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • So McGraw does all that he can to discourage this self-satisfaction.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • He sat himself down by her side, with a smile of self-satisfaction.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Even now, even facing his last ditch, Cazeby was conscious of a little thrill of self-satisfaction.

    Zut and Other Parisians Guy Wetmore Carryl
Word Origin and History for self-satisfaction

1739, from self- + satisfaction. Related: Self-satisfied (1734).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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