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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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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.
You have the self-satisfaction of courage without the inconvenience of danger.
Moving into the middle of the table a portfolio of papers, with a scarcely perceptible smile of self-satisfaction, he took a pencil from a rack and plunged into the perusal of a complex report relating to the present complication.
With the self-satisfaction of a man on parade, he stepped lightly with his muscular legs as if sailing along, stretching himself to his full height without the smallest effort, his ease contrasting with the heavy tread of the soldiers who were keeping step with him.
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.
Hayward seemed to take a delight in displaying his ignorance, self-satisfaction, and wrongheadedness.
His compunctions cooled as the self-satisfaction of a near revenge crowded out the finer instincts that had for a moment asserted themselves--the good that he had inherited from the slave woman was once again submerged in the bad blood that had come down to him from his royal sire; as, in the end, it always was.
Now all was blasted; instead of that serenity of conscience which allowed me to look back upon the past with self-satisfaction, and from thence to gather promise of new hopes, I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to a hell of intense tortures such as no language can describe.
At recess Tom continued his flirtation with Amy with jubilant self-satisfaction.
Fast-paced and funny throughout--thanks in part to a great supporting cast that includes Tony Shalhoub as the persnickety patriarch of Midge's family and Alex Borstein as her acerbic, androgynous manager Susie--the show captures some of the energy that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino brought to Gilmore Girls, without the saccharine self-satisfaction.
Dedicating this time to me and my body is a challenge so I'd like to come away from it with some self-satisfaction, saying well done and patting myself on the back.
A narcissist character can be employed through new programs and unique materials so that one can achieve self-satisfaction at work.