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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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  • Csar was moved by his self-satisfied piety, and began to make' noises in his nostrils.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • I understand that he's a trifle too self-satisfied to be a very popular candidate.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • He looked up into the blank, smiling, self-satisfied face of his wife.

    The Odyssey of Sam Meecham Charles E. Fritch
  • "Rather, sir," assented the foreman, with a self-satisfied smile.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • "I thought you 'd like it," he said, with self-satisfied assurance.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
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
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