[self-kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n, or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self-]
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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of self-congratulatory

Historical Examples of self-congratulatory

  • Teresa, however, was not at all self-congratulatory on the subject of her gown.

    Lady Cassandra

    Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

  • The faces of the big four are wreathed in self-congratulatory smiles.

  • Bill smiled a self-congratulatory smile for the word which gave him the loophole of escape.


    Frank Bacon

  • As he proceeded along these lines one could see the self-congratulatory expression fade from the faces of his white listeners.

    Booker T. Washington

    Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe

  • Sues saucy, self-congratulatory toss of the head 14 stung her so that she could have cried out.

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline

    Jennie M. Drinkwater

British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulatory


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



1630s, from self- + congratulation.

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