Definition of self-congratulation in English:

self-congratulation

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’
    • ‘Far away, missiles are flying and bombs are exploding - but self-congratulation has been profuse on television, which is now a free-fire zone for war propaganda.’
    • ‘She talked about the persistence of elements of racism that we may be missing in self-congratulation of multiculturalism.’
    • ‘There is a lot of self-congratulation here (along with, to be fair, some mitigating self-deprecation).’
    • ‘The foundational anniversary marked by Republic Day is categorised as a celebration, a moment for self-congratulation.’
    • ‘While I understand why they would do this given the criticism that has been levelled at them, having to listen to such self-congratulation did get a little tiring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes it's just the hippest sort of vanity, an easy form of self-congratulation that utterly fails at detoxifying the original object.’
    • ‘In his critical writing, too, Pritchett's manner is to disavow authority and try to escape any hint of self-congratulation.’
    • ‘The conclusion - unanimously, and amidst much self-congratulation - reached was that being Canadian was, ultimately, about our goals in life.’
    • ‘Eight years old tonight, the Irish language channel will forgo the traditional on-screen orgy of birthday self-congratulation.’
    • ‘However, this experience was rarely examined, and there was no self-congratulation about having accomplished the task successfully.’
    • ‘Richard says that to be consistent I should regard Australia in its entirety as a backwater of self-congratulation.’
    • ‘It's hard to shoehorn religion into Christmas, particularly when it is - and always has been - a festival of overt consumption, self-congratulation and indigestion.’
    • ‘While the mood last week was one of self-congratulation, the underlying reality is that circulation for Scotland's biggest national papers continues to fall.’
    • ‘It's left mostly to the actors to bring the premise to life, recreating the piffling small talk, self-congratulation and unease that are the chump change of real-life social intercourse.’
    • ‘They were small, shining cogs in the movie industry's machinery of distribution and self-congratulation.’
    • ‘That, of course, is something that a culture of liberal self-congratulation would prefer not to contemplate.’
    • ‘I often feel that America's religious traditionalists ought to engage in more self-congratulation.’
    • ‘Real were elegant but there was an air of self-congratulation and the slackness that has beset them this season had not been purged entirely.’
    • ‘No satisfied self-congratulation here: just the realistic appreciation of a job well done, and of a tough fight to come.’
    smugness, self-satisfaction, self-approval, self-approbation, self-admiration, self-regard
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self-congratulation