[self-kuh m-pley-suh nt, self-]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-complacent

Historical Examples of self-complacent

  • The self-complacent, mock humility of this speech was all too apparent.

  • How he distrusted and feared this smug, self-complacent young man!

    The Calico Cat

    Charles Miner Thompson

  • It makes us self-complacent, easily satisfied with what we perform.

  • The effect of this was to make me anything but self-complacent.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • He was a self-complacent man, and he brought Winn the wrong luggage.

    The Dark Tower

    Phyllis Bottome

Word Origin and History for self-complacent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper