[self-rahy-chuhs, self-]


confident of one's own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others.

Origin of self-righteous

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formsself-right·eous·ly, adverbself-right·eous·ness, nounun·self-right·eous, adjectiveun·self-right·eous·ly, adverbun·self-right·eous·ness, noun

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having or showing an exaggerated awareness of one's own virtuousness or rights
Derived Formsself-righteously, adverbself-righteousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-righteous

1680s, from self- + righteous. Related: Self-righteously; self-righteousness.

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