[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.

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

Examples from the Web for self-congratulation

Contemporary Examples of self-congratulation

Historical Examples of self-congratulation

  • I should not have been so ready with my self-congratulation had I seen the dogs that we were to have.

  • I was not, however, left in peace to enjoy my pleasant mood of self-congratulation.

    Lady Bountiful

    George A. Birmingham

  • This feeling of self-congratulation was, however, but momentary.

    The Watcher

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu

  • They bawled after him curses, and also outbursts of self-congratulation and vanity.

  • Vivien's face was a confession, Harry's air a self-congratulation.

    Second String

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulation


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

1630s, from self- + congratulation.

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