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[self-sat-is-fahyd, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈsæt ɪsˌfaɪd, ˌsɛlf-/
feeling or showing satisfaction with oneself.
Origin of self-satisfied
First recorded in 1725-35
complacent, smug, vain, puffed-up. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was evident from his self-satisfied and confident assurance that he had a good answer ready for my inquiry.

    John Bull, Junior Max O'Rell
  • “Glad to hear you say so,” replied the self-satisfied Clodd.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • His voice now sounded full and vibrant with self-satisfied energy.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • "I thought you 'd like it," he said, with self-satisfied assurance.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • They were finishing breakfast, sitting opposite each other, fat and red, important and self-satisfied.

British Dictionary definitions for self-satisfied


having or showing a complacent satisfaction with oneself, one's own actions, behaviour, etc
Derived Forms
self-satisfaction, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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