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[self-kuh m-pley-suh nt, self-]
  1. pleased with oneself; self-satisfied; smug.
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Origin of self-complacent

First recorded in 1755–65
Related formsself-com·pla·cence, self-com·pla·cen·cy, nounself-com·pla·cent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for self-complacency

Historical Examples of self-complacency

  • She received my compliments with a great deal of self-complacency.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I particularly detest Dover for the self-complacency with which it goes to bed.

  • He was looking at me with a self-complacency which would have been odious in any other man.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • I smiled at the self-complacency of this reasoning, but did not contradict him.

  • "You may be sure I will," said Paul, with a smile of self-complacency.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

Word Origin and History for self-complacency


1680s, from self- + complacency.

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1760, back-formation from self-complacency or else from self- + complacent. Related: Self-complacently.

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