self-sat·​is·​fac·​tion ˌself-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən How to pronounce self-satisfaction (audio)
: a usually smug satisfaction with oneself or one's position or achievements

Examples of self-satisfaction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bleakley said people can often use such cases for their own self-satisfaction, dehumanizing victims in the process. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 5 Jan. 2024 For all its economic might, persistent skepticism about the usefulness of forceful intervention, coupled with a hint of self-satisfaction about its own success, keeps Europe’s leading power out of most violent international conflicts. Lauren Harrison, Foreign Affairs, 10 Nov. 2014 At times, nostalgia can devolve into a kind of hate-watching, as the pleasures of self-satisfaction and superior knowledge drip from one’s present-day vantage. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-satisfaction was in 1605

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

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: a usually overly satisfied feeling about oneself or one's achievements
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