Definition of smugness in English:

smugness

noun

mass noun
  • 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.’

Pronunciation

smugness

/ˈsmʌɡnəs/