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Smug or complacent satisfaction with oneself or with one's accomplishments.

self′-sat′is·fied′ (-fīd′) adj.


a usu. smug satisfaction with oneself, one's achievements, etc.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-satisfaction - the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself; "his complacency was absolutely disgusting"
satisfaction - the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation; "the chef tasted the sauce with great satisfaction"
smugness - an excessive feeling of self-satisfaction


noun smugness, pride, complacency, contentment, self-approval, flush of success, glow of achievement, ease of mind, self-approbation He smiled in smug self-satisfaction.


[ˌselfsætɪsˈfækʃən] Nsatisfacción f de sí mismo


(selfˈsӕtisfaid) adjective
too easily pleased with oneself and one's achievements. `Our house is the cleanest in the row,' she said in her self-satisfied way.
ˈself-ˌsatisˈfaction (-ˈfӕkʃən) noun
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The stranger regarded his interrogator a moment in wonder; and then, losing every mark of self-satisfaction in an expression of solemn humility, he answered:
At recess Tom continued his flirtation with Amy with jubilant self-satisfaction.
The looks of Wamba, on the other hand, indicated, as usual with his class, a sort of vacant curiosity, and fidgetty impatience of any posture of repose, together with the utmost self-satisfaction respecting his own situation, and the appearance which he made.
Let us leave this God of Pointland to the ignorant fruition of his omnipresence and omniscience: nothing that you or I can do can rescue him from his self-satisfaction.
He still felt the same self-satisfaction which he had experienced the previous evening, and which had procured him so good a night's rest.
When he was left alone the cardinal looked at himself in the glass with a feeling of self-satisfaction.
These ends he tied together, under the armpits; and thus arrayed, presented himself once more before the captain, with an air of perfect self-satisfaction, as though he thought it impossible for any fault to be found with his toilet.
His anxiety seemed the strongest when he was en joining his old companion to secrecy; and even when he had decided, and was rather passively suffering himself to be conveyed to the village, the expression of his eyes by no means indicated any great degree of self-satisfaction at the step.
In his left hand was a gold snuff-box, from which, as he capered down the hill, cutting all manner of fantastic steps, he took snuff incessantly with an air of the greatest possible self-satisfaction.
That little glow of self-satisfaction, that added measure of self-confidence, were to lead me on that very night to the most dreadful experience of my life, ending with a shock which turns my heart sick when I think of it.
van der Luyden looked about the room with what would have been self-satisfaction on features less purged of the vulgar passions.
With a triumphant smile of self-satisfaction, the general wished he could do the same, for he never entered his, without being vexed in some way or other, by its falling short of his plan.