[self-sat-is-fak-shuh n]


a usually smug satisfaction with oneself, one's achievements, etc.

Origin of self-satisfaction

First recorded in 1785–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-satisfaction

complacency, smugness, conceit, glow, self-approbation, self-approval

Examples from the Web for self-satisfaction

Contemporary Examples of self-satisfaction

Historical Examples of self-satisfaction

  • It is just this self-satisfaction which makes it so hopeless to try to do anything with it.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • This encounter shook my self-satisfaction more than a little.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I reckon I hev," said the weaver, with a look of self-satisfaction.

  • They are so self-opiniated, and so full of self-satisfaction, that it is hard to be patient with them.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • You have the self-satisfaction of courage without the inconvenience of danger.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

Word Origin and History for self-satisfaction

1739, from self- + satisfaction. Related: Self-satisfied (1734).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper