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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-complacency the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself "his complacency was absolutely disgusting"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-complacency The quality of being self-complacent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-complacency satisfaction with one's self, or with one's own performances
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  • David Sarnoff
    David Sarnoff
    “The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.”


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


In literature:

Even Mittie's self-complacency could not veil from her his changed face, his blank disappointment.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
It has robbed me of all the self-sacrificing complacency I felt this morning.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He was a self-complacent man, and he brought Winn the wrong luggage.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
She was self-complacent, but she was also a woman with an unmistakable physical appeal.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
In my correspondence with Mr. Reddie I recognised the real source of the amazing self-complacency displayed by the true paradoxist.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
If so, we are sorry to have to dispel an illusion which would go far to justify the self-complacent tone of her lecture.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
I have learnt that a measure of self-pride, of complacency, is essential to every human being.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
He began to feel a little self-complacent, and to reflect that he had underrated his own courage.
"The Young Adventurer" by Horatio Alger
Frederick arrived at Rosanette's house in a very self-complacent mood.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Many things conspired to fill his breast with the serenest satisfaction and self-complacency.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The sense of duty and independent self-complacency may gradually be substituted in the place of weak, ignorant vanity.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
She was glad to live in a state of complacent self-deception with him, she worked according to him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Admit no reflections in regard to the good you have accomplished, so that all that nourishes self-complacency may die.
"Letters of Madam Guyon" by P. L. Upham
And the occasion is a fair one for self-complacency.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Their evident self-complacency and immobility are things he does not understand at all and with which he has little patience.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
The partridge may be commonplace enough and his drumming but a strut of complacency and self-satisfaction.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Boswell describes his feelings with delightful sincerity and self-complacency.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
This, however, only happened in restful moments of complacent self-contemplation.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Dr. Balloch found Peter sitting at breakfast with Suneva, in his usual cheerful, self-complacent mood.
"Jan Vedder's Wife" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Their neatness, smallness, and self-complacency irritate him excessively.
"A House-Party" by Ouida

In poetry:

"Often would self-complacence spread
Harmonious halos round my head;
And all my being own'd awhile
The warm diffusion of her smile.
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
We are but men: no gods are we,
To sit in mid-heaven, cold and bleak,
Each separate, on his painful peak,
Thin-cloaked in self-complacency.
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

I was fortunate to have mentors who gave me honest feedback, but my own focus on self improvement helped me to keep doing things to change and move ahead, instead of being complacent.