complacency


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com·pla·cen·cy

 (kəm-plā′sən-sē)
n.
1. A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy.
2. An instance of contented self-satisfaction.

complacency

(kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ) or

complacence

n, pl -cencies or -cences
1. a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
2. an obsolete word for complaisance

com•pla•cen•cy

(kəmˈpleɪ sən si)

also com•pla•cence

(-səns)

n., pl. -cies.
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of, or unconcerned with, unpleasant realities or harmful possibilities; self-satisfaction; smugness.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin]

Complacency

 

look like the cat that swallowed the canary To look smug; to appear very self-satisfied or pleased. This self-evident expression has been in use since 1871.

resting on one’s laurels To be content with one’s present or past honors, accomplishments, or prestige. The laurels in this expression have long been a symbol of excellence or success in one’s field of endeavor. Resting indicates self-satisfaction and complacency with the implication that no further efforts will be expended to acquire additional figurative laurels. It is interesting to note that ancient philosophers and poets sometimes kept laurel leaves under their pillows for inspiration, a concept almost totally opposite to the phrase’s contemporary meaning.

snug as a bug in a rug Extremely comfortable and content. This common expression of obvious derivation was purportedly used by Benjamin Franklin in 1772. The phrase enjoys frequent use in the United States.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.complacency - 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

complacency

noun smugness, satisfaction, gratification, contentment, self-congratulation, self-satisfaction She warned that there was no room for complacency on inflation.
Translations
رِضا ذاتي، إعْجاب بالنَّفْس
samolibostsebeuspokojeníuspokojení
ánægja

complacency

[kəmˈpleɪsənsɪ] N complacence [kəmˈpleɪsns] Nautosuficiencia f, satisfacción f de sí mismo or consigo

complacency

[kəmˈpleɪsənsi] n
(= self-satisfaction) [person] → autosatisfaction f, suffisance f
(= failure to recognize problems) → complaisance f
complacency about sth → complaisance f à l'égard de qch

complacency

[kəmˈpleɪsnsɪ] nautocompiacimento, eccessivo compiacimento

complacent

(kəmˈpleisnt) adjective
showing satisfaction with one's own situation. a complacent attitude.
comˈplacence, comˈplacency noun
comˈplacently adverb
References in classic literature ?
No regular beauty pleases egotistical human beings so much as a softened and refined likeness of themselves; for this reason, fathers regard with complacency the lineaments of their daughters' faces, where frequently their own similitude is found flatteringly associated with softness of hue and delicacy of outline.
Lupton's broad face might well wear a smile of complacency as she contemplated the heir of Hunsden Wood occupied in paying assiduous court to her darling Sarah Martha.
Shelby, who, with a little womanly complacency in match-making, felt pleased to unite her handsome favorite with one of her own class who seemed in every way suited to her; and so they were married in her mistress' great parlor, and her mistress herself adorned the bride's beautiful hair with orange-blossoms, and threw over it the bridal veil, which certainly could scarce have rested on a fairer head; and there was no lack of white gloves, and cake and wine,--of admiring guests to praise the bride's beauty, and her mistress' indulgence and liberality.
No; can a man with those dull eyes, with that self-satisfied complacency, feel anything?
Vincy, in her fullest matronly bloom, looked at Mary's little figure, rough wavy hair, and visage quite without lilies and roses, and wondered; trying unsuccessfully to fancy herself caring about Mary's appearance in wedding clothes, or feeling complacency in grandchildren who would "feature" the Garths.
Edna could not control a feeling which bordered upon complacency at her friend's praise, even realizing, as she did, its true worth.
Under the inspiration of her soaring complacency the departed graces of her earlier days returned to her, and her bearing took to itself a dignity and state that might have passed for queenly if her surroundings had been a little more in keeping with it.
She liked him, however, upon the whole, much better than she had expected, and in her heart was not sorry that she could like him no more;-- not sorry to be driven by the observation of his Epicurism, his selfishness, and his conceit, to rest with complacency on the remembrance of Edward's generous temper, simple taste, and diffident feelings.
Silas was thinking with double complacency of his supper: first, because it would be hot and savoury; and secondly, because it would cost him nothing.
Thus it could hardly happen, that the majority of the Senate would feel any other complacency towards the object of an appointment than such as the appearances of merit might inspire, and the proofs of the want of it destroy.
How often when considering her character I have told myself that I was to blame for not understanding her, for not understanding that constant composure and complacency and lack of all interests or desires, and the whole secret lies in the terrible truth that she is a depraved woman.