• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-righteous excessively or hypocritically pious "a sickening sanctimonious smile"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-righteous Righteous in one's own esteem; pharisaic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-righteous Righteous in one's own esteem; pharisaical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-righteous righteous in one's own estimation: pharisaical
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  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “It is silly to call fat people gravitationally challenged -- a self-righteous fetishism of language which is no more than a symptom of political frustration.”


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


In literature:

These men were wrapping their filthy rags of self-righteousness about them.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
He was conceited and self-righteous, but not obviously so.
"The Mermaid" by Lily Dougall
Not that she was ever self-righteous, our Concha.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
He beamed a sort of self-righteous evil.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
Once more he was full-panoplied in his assurance of self-righteousness.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
The self-righteous man makes for himself a bed of mire.
"Reincarnation and the Law of Karma" by William Walker Atkinson
By some providence he was saved from the crime of chilly self-righteousness.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
His self-righteousness was levelled in the dust.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
The next day he was most charming, though somewhat self-righteous.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
The self-righteous are unable to concede this equality.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
They were particularly tedious and rather self-righteous.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
I am always nervous when I meet these self-righteous people.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
All the self-righteousness latent in human nature comes out, or used to, in her earlier days, in the evening revelations.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
These idealists are so infernally self-righteous.
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
He was feeling very self-righteous.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The policeman turned self-righteously on Evan.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
I raise a blooming countenance, not the evidence of a self-righteous spirit.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What has Justice in common with self-righteousness?
"Klytia" by George Taylor
Our compassion for the peoples of Europe was tinged with a bland, self-righteous arrogance.
"American World Policies" by Walter E. Weyl
The challenge of God to human self-righteousness is not one which can be half met.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Exodus" by G. A. Chadwick

In poetry:

The sacrifice the Lord ordained
In type of the Redeemer's blood,
Self-righteous reas'ning Cain disdained,
And thought his own first-fruits as good.
"Cain And Abel" by John Newton
But faith, that looks to promis'd grace,
Clean out of self the soul will chase,
To Christ for righteousness and strength,
And finds the joyful rest at length.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
O, Jonathan, Jonathan! vassal of pelf,
Self-righteous, self-glorious, yes, every inch self,
Your loyalty now is all bluster and boast,
But was dumb when the foemen invaded our coast.
"Farewell To Brother Jonathan" by Anonymous Americas
No! though the ancient dragon rage,
And call forth all his host to war,
Though earth's self-righteous sons engage
Them and their god alike I dare;
Jesus, the sinner's friend, proclaim;
Jesus, to sinners still the same.
"Hymn XXX: Where Shall My Wondering Soul Begin?" by Charles Wesley
The man of curling lip and brow of scorn,
The worshiper of reason and of self,
The atheist, wanton, and the giddy maid,
The faith-betrayer and the love-betrayed;
Self-righteous pharisees, who would adorn
Or hide with pious garb their love of pelf.
"Across The Sea - III - Manhood" by Thomas Chard

In news:

The annual new music seminar is a carnival for cynics, a meat market, a vent for self-righteousness, an orgy of backslapping.
It is not my kind of enjoyment, but I am a little turned off by the self-righteous tone of animal rights advocates.
'Better World' is self-righteous awards fodder.
Jezebel is self-righteously fuming about an allegedly sexy new book about Anne Frank, Sharon Dogar's Annexed, being published in this country in October by Houghton.
The comedian's slide into self-righteousness is anything but funny.
The Self- Righteousness of Sports Fans.
Ms Self-Righteous Pants signs off.
Don't be self-righteous on Egypt, Brzezinski cautions US.
'We all is self-righteous '.
As I suggest in my title, Jesus really is a friend to sinners and this is good news to all of us except to the self-righteous .
Here's why self-righteousness fails to persuade.
Here's why self-righteousness doesn't persuade.
The Self-Righteousness of Sports Fans.
I don't want to hear any more self-righteous talk about how everyone but you would be corrupted by incentive-based pay.
In terms of historic relevance, the biggest losers last Tuesday were the religious self-righteous who opposed gay marriage.