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self-congratulation

[self-kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n, or, often, -graj-, -kuh ng-, self-] /ˈsɛlf kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən, or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, -kəŋ-, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
the expression or feeling of uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's own accomplishment, good fortune, etc.; complacency.
Origin of self-congratulation
1705-1715
1705-15
Related forms
self-congratulatory
[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),
adjective
self-congratulating, adjective
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  • There is some warrant for this self-congratulatory attitude in so far as it relates to the physical sciences.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
  • Teresa, however, was not at all self-congratulatory on the subject of her gown.

    Lady Cassandra Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • The faces of the big four are wreathed in self-congratulatory smiles.

    Search-Light Letters Robert Grant
  • Sues saucy, self-congratulatory toss of the head 14 stung her so that she could have cried out.

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • Bill smiled a self-congratulatory smile for the word which gave him the loophole of escape.

    Lightnin' Frank Bacon
  • The countenance of the captor—his movements, (they are those which the soul dictates,) are all joyous and self-congratulatory.

British Dictionary definitions for self-congratulatory

self-congratulation

noun
1.
the state or an instance of congratulating or being pleased with oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-congratulatory

self-congratulation

n.

1630s, from self- + congratulation.

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