Origin of self-congratulation
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
Examples from the Web for self-congratulatory
“It was not in my nature to turn the campaign into a constant exercise in self-congratulatory autobiography,” he explained.George McGovern, Democratic Icon and Former Presidential Candidate, Dies at Age 90|Eleanor Clift|October 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A couple of times, Newt Gingrich got so surly and snarky and self-congratulatory that I was transported back to 1995.
The tone, Thiessen says, is “factual but not self-congratulatory.”
She has a self-congratulatory Web site dedicated to the issue.
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
Bill smiled a self-congratulatory smile for the word which gave him the loophole of escape.Lightnin'|Frank Bacon
The faces of the big four are wreathed in self-congratulatory smiles.Search-Light Letters|Robert Grant
There is some warrant for this self-congratulatory attitude in so far as it relates to the physical sciences.The Coming of Coal|Robert W. Bruere
Teresa, however, was not at all self-congratulatory on the subject of her gown.Lady Cassandra|Mrs George de Horne Vaizey