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[self-kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n, or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən, or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, -kəŋ-, ˌsɛlf-/
the expression or feeling of uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's own accomplishment, good fortune, etc.; complacency.
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[self-kuh n-grach-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˈgrætʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i or, often, -ˈgrædʒ-, -kəŋ-, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
self-congratulating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for self-congratulation
  • The national dialogue is gradually being lost in a froth of misleading self-congratulation and cliché.
  • It is cause not for self-congratulation but for celebration nonetheless.
  • In the swell of national self-congratulation over the fact that such a book could be published, it became a big best-seller.
  • The novel appears to be an act of both penance and self-congratulation.
  • Too much publicity and self-congratulation, in other words, can be bad for business.
  • They inhabited the same circle of self-congratulation.
  • The phrase is actually a self-indictment as well as a self-congratulation.
  • The comparison speaks for itself, though none of us has cause for self-congratulation.
  • The self-congratulation of it all is the first truly irritating moment of this presidency.
  • Somebody could mistake them, of course, for self-congratulation.
British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulation


the state or an instance of congratulating or being pleased with oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-congratulation

1630s, from self- + congratulation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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