- confident of one's own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others.
Origin of self-righteous
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Related Wordscomplacent, hypocritical, egotistical, pious, sanctimonious, affected, canting, goody-goody, holier-than-thou, noble, preachy, self-satisfied, superior, pharisaic, pietistic
Examples from the Web for self-righteous
He was “v[ery] hot under the collar ... frustrated and mad, self-righteous.”How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations
November 3, 2014
Washington, claims Larson, “was in no mood to extend Christian charity to a band of self-righteous freeloaders.”Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
For these self-righteous and thin-skinned folks, there are apparently limits to the liberal virtue of tolerance.Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media
October 21, 2014
This being a manifesto, there are a few moments when Almond sounds like a self-righteous crank.Has Football Jumped the Shark?
September 1, 2014
Grunge makes sense if you're a sad, self-righteous teenager.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary
May 10, 2014
How full of self-love are the self-righteous, and how void of the love of God!The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
I am always nervous when I meet these self-righteous people.Oklahoma Sunshine
Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
The latter is often accompanied by a self-righteous conviction that it is a virtue.Talks on the study of literature.
To the proud and self-righteous it shows the way of renewal.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job
But self-righteous now; turns up her nose at 'fallen women.'Painted Veils
- having or showing an exaggerated awareness of one's own virtuousness or rights