American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Self-satisfaction; complacency.
“The house projects became endless and my self-contentment diminished with each new décor I envisioned.”
“The Dalai Lama's message addressed the importance of inner peace and self-contentment as a path to lasting world peace.”
“Yet mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn his lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.”
“Yet mark his perfect self-contentment, and hence learn this lesson, that to be self-contented is to be vile and ignorant, and that to aspire is better than to be blindly and impotently happy.”
“Dipping my finger in the blood of my heart, I would smear upon their brows the brands of my reproaches, and they, paupers in spirit, miserable in their self-contentment, they would suffer.”
“It is a commonplace fact that there is no one so low in the world that he cannot find some one viler than himself, and consequently puff with pride and self-contentment.”
“The two men crossed the room and the millionaire stopped in front of a massive black door, its gold handle sculpted in the form of a snake biting its own tail, the alchemical symbol of accomplishment, self-contentment, and a return to the celestial dwelling that resides, often forgotten, in the hearts of all human beings.”
“Mere jingo self-contentment is commonest among those who have some pedantic reason for their patriotism.”
“I had done without a newspaper, telephone, or television for twelve years and had suffered no ill effects unless one were to count a growing self-contentment as an ill thing.”
“We thus perceive that, while JACK was tasting the sweets of a Christmas-pie, he was also enjoying the sweets of self-contentment.”
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