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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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  • There was naturally in Aunt Polly's heart a certain amount of self-congratulation at the way in which things were going.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • I should not have been so ready with my self-congratulation had I seen the dogs that we were to have.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • Their conversation degenerated again and again into a strain of self-congratulation that would have irked an eavesdropper.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • I was not, however, left in peace to enjoy my pleasant mood of self-congratulation.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Anything seemed more suitable to the fancy of such a despicable creature than the self-congratulation of the pioneer.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulation


the state or an instance of congratulating or being pleased with oneself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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