This fear would explain the sneering toward the Tea Partiers, the smugness with which they are looked down upon.
Their smugness goes hand in hand with their civil servant mentality.
The Iranian negotiating team meeting with its Western counterparts in Kazakhstan this week has earned the right to its smugness.
Social media has kept me abreast of many plot twists and turns as firestorms of outrage and smugness come and go.
The Jolie dress is an expression of the joy of family, not the smugness of a couple.
Morris's work made men think, broke down the smugness of precedent, and enabled printing to become an art.
There were both earnestness and tenderness in his tones—the smugness of the physician was gone.
smugness was easy in a world without dust or carrion smell or craters that had been factories.
"Our regular price," and you catch a sneer beneath the smugness of the Voice.
He frowned again, this time at Auguste Comte's smugness, and looked at his watch.
1550s, "trim, neat, spruce, smart," possibly an alteration of Low German smuk "trim, neat," from Middle Low German smücken "to adorn" (originally "to dress," secondary sense of words meaning "to creep or slip into"), from the same source as smock. The meaning "having a self-satisfied air" is from 1701, an extension of the sense of "smooth, sleek" (1580s), which was commonly used of attractive women and girls. Related: Smugly; smugness.