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.
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.