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self-righteous

Syllabification: self-right·eous

Definition of self-righteous in English:

adjective

Having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior: self-righteous indignation and complacency
More example sentences
  • This sort of smug, self-righteous moralising is exactly what the original American student was speaking out against.
  • The tone is superior and self-righteous, but there is some truth to what Wills was saying.
  • What's with all this self-righteous indignation about reality television?
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Derivatives

self-righteously

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adverb
Example sentences
  • I found someone who didn't already know about the article and the tumult it had aroused and testified self-righteously for a quarter of an hour.
  • In fact, maybe if you've been self-righteously indignant on both sides of an issue, you should conclude that it's not an issue about which self-righteous indignation is called for.
  • This species can be identified on the first day of class as the person who, five minutes into the start of the class, self-righteously points out the flaws in the professor's marking scheme.

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