self-con·​grat·​u·​la·​to·​ry ˌself-kən-ˈgra-chə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce self-congratulatory (audio)
: expressive of self-congratulation
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Examples of self-congratulatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scoop The Bottom Line Stylish but self-congratulatory. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2024 Still, the general tone was self-congratulatory, and spilled over into the main order of business, the bestowing of awards. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Trump’s first trade war hurt overall U.S. economic performance, contrary to the candidate’s self-congratulatory claims. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 The self-congratulatory Beatles covers album is its own strange subgenre of bad soundtracks. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 22 Jan. 2024 The governor’s annual State of the State speech, which formally kicks off the 60-day legislative session, has traditionally been both a self-congratulatory look back and a table-setting talk that sets the agenda for the challenges ahead. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024 Its status as the looser and visibly inebriated younger cousin of the Oscars offered a counterweight to the self-serious, self-congratulatory exercise of the film academy’s annual ceremony and the seemingly endless parade of precursor events. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2024 Leftist slogans about hate are naught but smug, self-congratulatory moral preening. Noah Rothman, National Review, 10 Nov. 2023 Owens trots out replicas of the awards and places them onstage, little self-congratulatory bits that do not enhance the performance. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-congratulatory was in 1798

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“Self-congratulatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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