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self-satisfied

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-satisfied contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions "he had become complacent after years of success","his self-satisfied dignity"
    • adj self-satisfied marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction "a smug glow of self-congratulation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-satisfied Satisfied with one's self or one's actions; self-complacent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-satisfied Satisfied with one's abilities and virtues.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Self-satisfied satisfied with the abilities, performances, &c. of one's self
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.

Usage

In literature:

Here she found Mrs. Highton, seated in the big arm-chair, looking about her with a self-satisfied air.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
His second self, once oppressed, now free, stood before me wholly satisfied.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
But him selfe was not satisfied therw^th.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
The three policemen were of the ordinary well-fed and somewhat self-satisfied class of men.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Again, another jovial peal of laughter, followed by a self-satisfied chuckle, came from the wood.
"The Young Berringtons" by W.H.G. Kingston
No longer stern and stately, self-satisfied and self-sufficient, she and her sister seemed to have changed places.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
Of these easy-going, self-satisfied gentlemen Councillor Garnett was the chief.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
Taking walks in Paradise and talking with the one man the place afforded was not a complete and satisfying self-expression.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
When the night train halted at Bellair, Jarvis seated himself in the smoking-car, feeling quite self-satisfied.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
In the midst of his investigations Tari Barl approached with a self-satisfied smile on his ebony features.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
I imagined in what a self-satisfied mood he must be, how he walked off, with his lighted cigar!
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
It is the self-satisfied moralist who stands in the way, not the mystic or the visionary.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
He was stout and flabby in face, with a smug, self-satisfied air I did not like.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
He takes you to the piled places where the self may satisfy for the moment all its ravishing greeds.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
She resolved to be foolish in the eyes of the self-satisfied.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
A self-satisfied smile, the girl thought.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Even your self-made man isn't satisfied unless his son can go to college.
"The Scrap Book. Volume 1, No. 2" by Various
Lovers are so happy and self-satisfied that they do not understand why everybody else is not in the same supreme condition.
"Maids Wives and Bachelors" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
This was George Kelly, the very type of happy, self-satisfied sensuality.
"Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier" by Charles James Lever
The nobles were mostly landed proprietors, but when the cities began to grow, urban patricians, proud and self-satisfied, arose.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
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In poetry:

O why your good deeds with such pride do you scan,
And why that self-satisfied smile
At the shilling you gave to the poor working man,
That lifted you over the stile?
"Charity" by Charles Lamb
And thus through the world, with a swing in his tread,
Our hero self-satisfied goes;
With his cabbage-tree hat on the back of his head,
And the string of it under his nose.
"Bill the Bullock-Driver" by Henry Kendall
I s’pose we’re just as satisfied as folks have ever been:
The lady would much rather be her own self than the Queen;
And though I’m down and precious stiff and I admire King Ned,
I’d sooner just be Harry, with his follies on his head.
"The King and Queen and I" by Henry Lawson

In news:

First, the word rolls off the tongue with such musicality, it's impossible to avoid a self-satisfied smirk once the final vowel is successfully squeezed through puckered lips.
'Hysteria' is a self-satisfying endeavor.
What they saw was a restaurant filled with people who had equally self-satisfied looks.
Some people dip into their savings to pursue extravagant, self-satisfying dreams : buying a plane, trekking through Nepal, investing in a mountain chalet or a sleek sports car.
A self-storage facility in Sonoma County, Calif, that specializes in wine storage will be up for sale in June to satisfy an $11.1 million loan to Sonoma Valley Bank.
The election results in Virginia and New Jersey dismantled the self-satisfied, just-so story that Democrats have been telling themselves about last year's election.
He's lost the "fat and self-satisfied" look of recent films.
The play's sardonic Hollywood-insider attitude could slip all too easily into self-satisfied cleverness.
It's prime time for a new form of exercise that satisfies both our cultural craving for catharsis and our deep-seated desire for saucy self-expression.
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In science:

The term fractal is associated to a geometrical ob ject satisfying the criteria of self-similarity, i.e. the existence of a sub-structure composed of sub-units resembling some statistical properties of the whole ob ject, and fractal dimensionality.
Complex dynamics of the biological rhythms: gallbladder and heart cases
For a discussion of this statistical equivalence concept see Beran (1994) p. 50. A process that satisfies (1) is said to be H-self-similar (H-ss).
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
In other words, it should satisfy all necessary worldsheet constraints such as conformal and superconformal invariance, self-consistent GSO pro jections, zero-temperature spin-statistics relations, etc .
How to Extrapolate A String Model to Finite Temperature: Interpolations and Implications for the Hagedorn Transition
To derive the conservation of energy we first note that the Laplacian operator ∇2 and the inverse Laplacian operator ∇−2 are both self-adjoint in the sense that they satisfy hhf (∇2 g)ii = hhg(∇2 f )ii and hhf (∇−2g)ii = hhg(∇−2 f )iifor any fields f (x, y) and g(x, y).
Recent Developments in Understanding Two-dimensional Turbulence and the Nastrom-Gage Spectrum
Thus, self-duality is at work yet again: the absolute minima of the Seiberg-Witten functional satisfy not only the second order equations (9) and (10), but also the first order Seiberg-Witten equations (11) and (12).
From Symmetry Breaking to Topology Change I
Let a self-adjoint operator Y on h satisfy (3.22).
Reduced and Extended Weak Coupling Limit
It is by no means clear how to set about finding the correct scalar product but presumably a minimal requirement is that the physical observables satisfying (6.4.6–6.4.7) should be self-adjoint in the new Hilbert space structure.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time
But if the world line of the particle has self-intersection, the local solution of the motion equations near each point of self-intersection must satisfy to the constraints (2)-(4) or their generalization.
Comments on ''The Principle of Self-Consistency as a consequence of the Principle of Minimal Action''
But if the world line of the particle has self-intersection, the local solution of the motion equations near the point of self-intersection must satisfy to the constraints (2)-(4) or their generalization.
Comments on ''The Principle of Self-Consistency as a consequence of the Principle of Minimal Action''
Since ˆX = x∂x is always a proper-KSS, any pair of functions A(t) and B (t) satisfying (29) will represent a kinematic self-similar solution if they satisfy the energy conditions.
Kinematic self-similar locally rotationally symmetric models
Kotsky [ 21] has verified that the impact factors occurring in the BFKL equation at NLO satisfy a condition of self-consistency for the reggeisation of the gluon.
Diffractive Interactions: Theory Summary
Hence, instead of trying to solve the full YangMills equations, we will restrict ourselves to the special class of solutions satisfying a dimensionally reduced version of the self-duality equations from four to two dimensions.
Symmetries and interactions in matrix string theory
Theorem 1.1. N has a unique basis {N x : x ∈ W f } satisfying 1. N x ∈ Nx + Py
A Path Algorithm for Affine Kazhdan-Lusztig Polynomials
E + v × B/c) ∂p ) f (t, p, r) = 0, where p = meγv and self-consistent fields E and B satisfy the Maxwell equations .
Similarity for ultra-relativistic laser plasmas and the optimal acceleration regime
Tensors satisfying ∗P = ±iP are called self dual and anti self-dual, respectively.
An elementary formula for entanglement entropies of fermionic systems
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