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self-congratulation Line breaks: self-congratu¦la¦tion

Definition of self-congratulation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Undue complacency or pride regarding one’s personal achievements or qualities; self-satisfaction: a hefty dose of self-congratulation about how noble we are
More example sentences
  • Richard says that to be consistent I should regard Australia in its entirety as a backwater of self-congratulation.
  • Part of any negative reaction will be a response to the rhetorical tone of several chapters, which have an air of self-congratulation bordering on triumphalism.
  • No satisfied self-congratulation here: just the realistic appreciation of a job well done, and of a tough fight to come.

Derivatives

self-congratulatory

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfkənˈɡratjʊlət(ə)ri/
adjective
Example sentences
  • It is a glib, smug and self-congratulatory way of saying: ‘I beat the disease.’
  • Both also feel self-congratulatory and smug to me.
  • We stand accused of being narcissistic and self-congratulatory.

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