complacency

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Late Latin complacentia: compare French complaisance.

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complacency (plural complacencies)

  1. A feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble.
    • 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter I
      There was something pathetic in his concentration as if his complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside and the butler left the porch Daisy seized upon the momentary interruption and leaned toward me.
    • Addison
      Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacency, if they discover none of the like in themselves.
  2. An instance of self-satisfaction.

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