Definition of self-satisfaction in US English:



  • Excessive satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements; smug complacency.

    ‘a look of self-satisfaction’
    • ‘Self-interest and self-satisfaction are replaced with self-reflection and significant improvement.’
    • ‘It is good to share with somebody, but the problem is that this desire often comes from self-satisfaction and ego-centered attachment which would never fill our heart.’
    • ‘You are all permitted a moment of pride and self-satisfaction.’
    • ‘It was not intended as a path to complacency or self-satisfaction, but to questions and action.’
    • ‘Appalled by smugness and self-satisfaction, he simply could not bear to see an Irish institution go unchallenged.’
    complacency, self-congratulation, smugness, superiority, self-approval, self-approbation
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