self-righteous

[self-rahy-chuhs, self-]

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. self-respecting,
  2. self-restraint,
  3. self-retaining catheter,
  4. self-revealing,
  5. self-revelation,
  6. self-righting,
  7. self-rising,
  8. self-rule,
  9. self-sacrifice,
  10. self-sacrificing

Origin of self-righteous

First recorded in 1670–80

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British Dictionary definitions for self-righteous

self-righteous

adjective

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

self-righteous

adj.

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

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