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Undue complacency or pride regarding one's personal achievements or qualities; self-satisfaction.‘a hefty dose of self-congratulation about how noble we are’
smugness, self-satisfaction, self-approval, self-approbation, self-admiration, self-congratulation, self-regardView synonyms
- ‘They were small, shining cogs in the movie industry's machinery of distribution and self-congratulation.’
- ‘No satisfied self-congratulation here: just the realistic appreciation of a job well done, and of a tough fight to come.’
- ‘That, of course, is something that a culture of liberal self-congratulation would prefer not to contemplate.’
- ‘The foundational anniversary marked by Republic Day is categorised as a celebration, a moment for 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She talked about the persistence of elements of racism that we may be missing in self-congratulation of multiculturalism.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘However, this experience was rarely examined, and there was no self-congratulation about having accomplished the task successfully.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Eight years old tonight, the Irish language channel will forgo the traditional on-screen orgy of birthday self-congratulation.’
- ‘Richard says that to be consistent I should regard Australia in its entirety as a backwater of self-congratulation.’
- ‘There is a lot of self-congratulation here (along with, to be fair, some mitigating self-deprecation).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I often feel that America's religious traditionalists ought to engage in more self-congratulation.’
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