self-congratulation

[ self-kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n, or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən, or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, -kəŋ-, ˌsɛlf- /
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noun

the expression or feeling of uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's own accomplishment, good fortune, etc.; complacency.

Nearby words

  1. self-concept,
  2. self-conception,
  3. self-confessed,
  4. self-confidence,
  5. self-confident,
  6. self-congratulatory,
  7. self-conscious,
  8. self-consecration,
  9. self-consequence,
  10. self-consistent

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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British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulation

self-congratulation

noun

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

self-congratulation

n.

1630s, from self- + congratulation.

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