• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-complacent contented to a fault with oneself or one's actions "he had become complacent after years of success","his self-satisfied dignity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-complacent Satisfied with one's own character, capacity, and doings; self-satisfied.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-complacent Pleased with one's self; self-satisfied.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Self-complacent pleased with one's self: self-satisfied
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  • David Sarnoff
    David Sarnoff
    “The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

It doesn't do to disturb the self-complacency of people who have the control of the milk-jug.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
This truth-telling voice which leaves us without a particle of our self-complacency?
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I departed to the City filled with self-complacency.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 21st, 1920" by Various
His "Pyramid of Vanities" may be to our self-satisfied complacency itself a vanity.
"The Ethics of George Eliot's Works" by John Crombie Brown
It was as if an earthquake had shaken the foundations of her complacent self-esteem.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I knew him instantly by his portly self- complacency.
"Peter Schlemihl" by Adelbert von Chamisso
Self-energy or self-complacency in service is sin.
"The Calvary Road" by Roy Hession
It hardly ruffled the calm stream of his self-complacency, and, for some reasons, he was rather glad that it had happened.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
A solitary Italian policeman, swaggering jauntily over the paved roadway, was suddenly startled out of his self-complacency.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The lips were a little deranged by contempt; and a mixture of vanity and self-complacency formed a few irregular lines round them.
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
The Archbishop was a tall, stout, portly man, with a round, fair, fat face, on which sat an expression of extreme self-complacency.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Her companion's invincible self-complacency frequently amused her.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Alas, poor Judith, here was the opportunity to regain her lost self-complacency.
"Judy of York Hill" by Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
She heard it again at the Dyckmans', and is now far up the pinnacle of self-complacency.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I recognised him at once by his corpulency and self-complacent air.
"The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart" by Adelbert von Chamisso
The prospect of death sanctified the woman who had been so hard to her, and turned her cold, self-complacent pardon into a blessing.
"The Galaxy, May, 1877" by Various
All her self-complacency of a moment before now deserted her.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
Thus always do the gods, in their severity, send only unforeseen evils to stultify our self-complacency.
"The Dramatic Works of G. E. Lessing" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Call me a renegade from your self-complacent culture.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
It gives a sense of self-help, self-respect, self-reliance, dignity, complacency, and independence.
"The Psychology of Salesmanship" by William Walker Atkinson

In poetry:

"Often would self-complacence spread
Harmonious halos round my head;
And all my being own'd awhile
The warm diffusion of her smile.
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Second" by Matilda Betham
We are but men: no gods are we,
To sit in mid-heaven, cold and bleak,
Each separate, on his painful peak,
Thin-cloaked in self-complacency.
"To James T. Fields" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

I was fortunate to have mentors who gave me honest feedback, but my own focus on self improvement helped me to keep doing things to change and move ahead, instead of being complacent.