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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
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is just this self-satisfaction which makes it so hopeless to try to do anything with it.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • This encounter shook my self-satisfaction more than a little.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I reckon I hev," said the weaver, with a look of self-satisfaction.

  • They are so self-opiniated, and so full of self-satisfaction, that it is hard to be patient with them.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • You have the self-satisfaction of courage without the inconvenience of danger.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
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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