One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive pride in oneself or one's achievements.‘the smugness of a man basking too long in critical ardour’‘there is no room for smugness or complacency’
- ‘Audiences may tire of the early smugness, which is exemplified by the lead character.’
- ‘His smugness about the whole affair made us see red.’
- ‘He replaces Moore's smugness with a self-deprecating approach.’
- ‘His smugness was rooted in the sense that his retreat to the countryside was part of a great cultural project.’
- ‘The one character resistant to change is the professor, who departs wreathed in pedagogic smugness.’
- ‘What really galls me about the film is its smugness about its supposed historical knowledge.’
- ‘Usually records of this sort are unbearably cutesy or too steeped in ironic smugness to be enjoyable.’
- ‘There is no room whatever for smugness or self-satisfaction on their part.’
- ‘Perhaps the most astonishing thing about this astonishing story is the smugness of its tone.’
- ‘The engaging executive can barely conceal a certain smugness about the privacy problems encountered by the New York rival.’
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