self-com·​pla·​cen·​cy ˌself-kəm-ˈplā-sᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce self-complacency (audio)
: complacent satisfaction with oneself or one's position or achievements : complacency, self-satisfaction
"… It's rather a strong check to one's self-complacency to find how much of one's right doing depends on not being in want of money. …"George Eliot
self-complacent adjective
a smug, self-complacent manner

Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-complacency was in 1616

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“Self-complacency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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