a usually smug satisfaction with oneself, one's achievements, etc.
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How to use self-satisfaction in a sentence
It would be a reflexive resort to ideological self-satisfaction.
She does not, in this journal, exhibit the same sort of judgmental self-satisfaction that her female protagonists suffer from.
Those who had received the actual drug reported better levels of self-satisfaction than the unfortunates who just got the placebo.Kythera Helps You Melt Your Double Chin, No Diet or Surgery Required | Daniel Gross | September 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Occasionally it crosses the line of self-satisfaction, as if to lament that the world is full of innumerate mouth-breathers.
Resist the easy comforts of complacency, the specious glitter of materialism, the narcotic paralysis of self-satisfaction.David McCullough at Wellesley Commencement: ‘You Are Not Special’ (Video) | The Daily Beast | June 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thin face creased in a smile of self-satisfaction, he glanced at the paper he had bought.
The man with the monocle was smug with the self-satisfaction of his tribe.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
At which my countenance beams with the shiny resplendency of self-satisfaction.Baboo Jabberjee, B.A. | F. Anstey
At the bottom of all he says about his foolhardiness in Dalmatia there lurks a proud self-satisfaction.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first | Count Carlo Gozzi
“Eberybody knows me so well—das one reason,” answered the negro, with a grin of self-satisfaction.The Middy and the Moors | R.M. Ballantyne