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- adv. In a complacent manner; overly calm and contented; not troubled.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a complacent manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a complacent manner; with or from pleasure or gratification, especially self-satisfaction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a self-satisfied manner
= Philistines =, a title complacently bestowed, in England and America, by the advance-guard in literature and art, on the Conservatives.
His expression became complacently aloof as he regarded her with lazy interest.
Above the enormous fireplace, the fifth baronet pointed his sword complacently at a perpetual cloudburst.
The captain, happier than before, called complacently for Cayenne pepper, and relished his mock-turtle with a higher gusto.
Burke, as desperate a cracksman as the country can produce, with, "complacently," a record second to none in his class.
Perhaps I spoil her a little, "complacently;" but then I dare say, "playfully," that your father spoils you. "
Bankers are born, not made, anyway, "complacently," and Vernon isn't one of them. "
That was a good lunch, Willy said complacently as he sipped the last of his cappuccino.
Contributing to my misconception, oddly enough, was the unfolding chronicle of abusive white students and their complacently unresponsive teachers.
I suppose there are places in America where such a show might still jolt its viewers, but to see "The Scottsboro Boys" on Broadway is to witness a nightly act of collective self-congratulation in which the right-thinking members of the audience preen themselves complacently at the thought of their own enlightenment.
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