Definition of self-righteous in English:

self-righteous

adjective

  • Having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior.

    ‘self-righteous indignation and complacency’
    • ‘We have now been subjected to three biased reports over the past three weeks and several self-righteous letters from family and supporters of these boys.’
    • ‘We are getting too self-righteous and smug in our self-importance.’
    • ‘Should we allow our cultural heritage to be hijacked by a handful of self-righteous pedagogical censors?’
    • ‘Even more infuriating are the self-righteous hypocrites who claim to speak for a superior moral majority.’
    • ‘It's a shrill, macho, fatuously self-righteous action movie about a wholesome superstar called Bo persecuted by paparazzi.’
    • ‘Then there's the bad, bad kind, where one is blatantly rude, pompous and self-righteous about what they do not know.’
    • ‘In my experience, moral outrage all too quickly becomes self-righteous authoritarianism.’
    • ‘This sort of smug, self-righteous moralising is exactly what the original American student was speaking out against.’
    • ‘I became a self-righteous bigot as the hatred in my heart grew.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder I am infuriated by smug, self-righteous politicians who know nothing about country life yet want to abolish hunting with hounds?’
    • ‘We consume from necessity, with a self-righteous tinge of regret; others waste because of selfishness and stupidity.’
    • ‘This should not reinforce any smug, self-righteous complacency on the part of mainline churches.’
    • ‘I think all this self-righteous morality is just jealousy with a halo and hypocrisy.’
    • ‘You spend lots of time being snug and smug in the spa, then feel very self-righteous when you venture out into the cold.’
    • ‘We'd give them the belt, but their self-righteous indignation is cloying.’
    • ‘The other tabloids will gleefully join in, in a frenzy of self-righteous hypocrisy.’
    • ‘What's with all this self-righteous indignation about reality television?’
    • ‘The tone is superior and self-righteous, but there is some truth to what Wills was saying.’
    • ‘History is littered with the debris of self-righteous, intolerant, xenophobic, rabble-rousing ideologies.’
    • ‘Lincoln was a man of moral purpose who never allowed himself to become self-righteous about his morality.’
    sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, self-satisfied, smug, priggish, complacent, too good to be true, pious, pietistic, moralizing, unctuous, superior, mealy-mouthed, hypocritical
    goody-goody
    pharisaic, pharisaical, tartuffian
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Pronunciation:

self-righteous

/ˌself ˈrīCHəs/