self-con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion ˌself-kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce self-congratulation (audio)
: congratulation of oneself
especially : a complacent acknowledgment of one's own superiority or good fortune

Examples of self-congratulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe beneath the Davos veneer of self-congratulation and cliché there is a democratic realist plotting the renewal of American power. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 There’s just enough friction to give their banter some grit and take the edge of self-congratulation off these two godlike specimens. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2023 In the grand scheme of things, Dreamforce unfolded precisely as anticipated—a splendid spectacle of self-congratulation and opulence. Bykylie Robison, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2023 Amid hearty cheers and self-congratulations, the crews board the busses. Annette Stark, Spin, 11 Aug. 2023 Yet there is almost always a note of self-congratulation tucked within this attention, too. Alice Newell-Hanson Sean Donnola, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 But despite the administration’s self-congratulations and the bromides of its media friends, the failures run deep. The Editors, National Review, 24 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-congratulation was in 1655

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Cite this Entry

“Self-congratulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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