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[self-kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n, or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self-]
  1. the expression or feeling of uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's own accomplishment, good fortune, etc.; complacency.
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Origin of self-congratulation

First recorded in 1705–15
Related formsself-con·grat·u·la·to·ry [self-kuh n-grach-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈgrætʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, -kəŋ-, ˌsɛlf-/, adjectiveself-con·grat·u·lat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-congratulating

Historical Examples

  • He spoke with the self-congratulating innocence of inexperience.

    In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • This assumption of the married must be one of the hardest things for single women to bear in their self-congratulating sisters.

    A Little Journey in the World

    Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulating


  1. the state or an instance of congratulating or being pleased with oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-congratulating



1630s, from self- + congratulation.

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