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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n smugness an excessive feeling of self-satisfaction
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Smugness The quality or state of being smug.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n smugness The state or character of being smug; neatness; spruceness;. self-satisfaction; conceited smartness.
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  • Don Marquis
    “Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.”


In literature:

She saw the smug red gleam of their own private car standing on the track not far away.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
I looked again, and could just discern behind the front row the smug, self-satisfied face of the tutor Baxter.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
Still, you needn't look smug, while you deny it; it's nothing to be proud about.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
But you've got your smug old-fashioned notions.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
He had abandoned research in order to make Marjorie rich and to surround her with luxury and smugness.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
But Marthasa's smugness and arrogance had not deserted him once since the beginning of this leg of the trip.
"Cubs of the Wolf" by Raymond F. Jones
They had better be morally indifferent than spiritually smug.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Smugness and super-piety were in the place.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
I will tear the core out of many yellow pages of diffuse writing spiced with smug moral reflections.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Done nothing but succeed smugly in keeping myself in comfort outside the modern economic treadmill!
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
She looked smugly pleased.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There was nothing smug about it, either.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
In his first two dramas, "The Smug Citizen," and "A Night's Refuge," as in his short stories, Gorky shows us his usual characters.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
He hated, now, every phase of a decent suburban smugness.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer
None of your preaching to me, you smug Pharisee!
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
That smugly superior world had betrayed him.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Oh, lord, I wish earnest young believers weren't so smug and timid.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
He met her scorn with a smile of smug complacency.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
The town itself will have none of these barbaric titles, but exists smugly and contentedly as Port Allan.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
This brother is the strongest contrast to the smug little monk by whom he is sitting.
"The Hour Will Come: Volumes I and II" by Wilhelmine von Hillern

In poetry:

I shall not hear your trentals,
Nor eat your arval bread,
Nor with smug breath tell lies of death
To the unanswering dead.
"Lines Written In The Belief That The Ancient Roman Festival Of The Dead Was Called Ambarvalia" by Rupert Brooke
A parakeet of gaudy hue
Upon a flame tree smugly rocks;
Oh, we're a precious pair, we two,
I gibber while the parrot squawks.
"Frustration" by Robert W Service
What curious dresses all men wear!
The walker you met in a brown study,
The President smug in rotogravure,
The mannequin, the bathing beauty.
"What Curious Dresses All Men Wear" by Delmore Schwartz
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.
"Suicide In The Trenches" by Siegfried Sassoon
Better endure war's worst of ills,
The woe of a hundred fights,
Than cower behind your banks and tills
And smug with your money, your mines, your mills,
Forswear a neighbour's rights.
"To Great Britain" by Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Virtue and vice are names, not qualities,
And when the baffled cry that might is right,
No smug opinion from the unconscious skies
For doubtful virtue's sake shall hold them to their plight.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts

In news:

Romney 'is smug and arrogant '.
They pushed chips like Paul Ryan, Richard Mourdock, and Todd Akin to the center of the table, then smugly sat back believing they held a winner.
Macintosh Introduction (1984) A young Jobs looks downright smug unveiling the first Mac, though he's clearly getting his energy from the crowd, which is ecstatic.
" Sterile Irrelevance" Most media criticism is smug and detached.
CNN's new host Erin Burnett: Smug, superficial and acting like she knows.
While we may not be able to maintain sun tans or enjoy T-shirts and shorts year round like our southern cousins, we do have something to be smug about, Tom Jacobs reports in Miller-McCune.
We are feeling pretty smug, sitting on our gold chair at Cipriani waiting for the Isaac Mizrahi fall 2004 show to begin.
THE smug diners at table X peeked out from their private alcove at Il Toscano to see whether they were being noticed.
(Business 2.0) – A vacation in France for Americans who have a zippy Toyota MR2 roadster back home provides a rare opportunity to feel smug around the French.
Utopian (left) fights off Smug to win the Inglewood.
You thought Obama earned the right to look a little smug.
Reed 's relationship with the Portland surrounding it has at times been strained by news of unbridled drug use and the sense that the place is exempt from society's rules and smug about it.
Rude, ignorant, disrespectful, smug and stretcher of the truth - these are words I find describe the vice president of the United States.
Launching 'Start-Ups' in smug Silicon Valley.
Launching 'Start-Ups' in smug Silicon Valley .

In science:

Perhaps t o unsettle any tendency towards scienti fic smugness about the long tradition of 21 cm line studies, Riccardo Giovanelli, right at the beginning of this conference, reminded us that HI contributes a “piffling ” amount even to the overall baryon budget in the un iverse.
Conference Summary: HI Science in the Next Decade
In fact, to smugly dismiss the work of our predecessors as simply errant science would stultify our own practice.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity