from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being self-complacent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being self-complacent; satisfaction with one's self, or with one's own opinions or conduct.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
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In "The Five-Forty-Eight" it's his self-complacency and then its replacement by terror and self-disgust.
The ancient Jews had the egotism and self-complacency to consider themselves “the chosen people of God” and fancied that they were the special objects of his regard as against the rest of mankind; but, instead of having been the better for this boast, the final result was their utter overthrow, and miserable dispersion in various parts of the earth, which continues to this day.
Out of that self-complacency the rebellion of Robert Emmet awoke the English people.
And their "personalities" remain blurry sites of work and family anxiety, with spikes of class guilt in a baseline of self-complacency.
There I sat in my den, and, with long-drawn puffs, I smoked and I dreamed in blissful self-complacency.
They are descended from the same stock, and inherit the same self-complacency.
She soon, however, saw, by his continued self-complacency, and even an increase of gaiety, that he only regarded this as coquetry, or bashful embarrassment, since every time she attempted thus to rebuff him, an arch smile stole over his features, that displayed his different conception of her meaning.
The baronet received him with a countenance renovated with self-complacency.
Having formed this philanthropic resolution, Mr. Touchwood threw himself into bed, which luckily declined exactly at the right angle, and, full of self-complacency, consigned himself to slumber.
Toward the end of his life, St. Francis of Assisi cut short every temptation of self-complacency, saying: "We begin, brothers, to serve the Lord, because up to now we have done little or nothing."