ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe someone or their behaviour as self-congratulatory, you mean that they keep emphasizing how well they have done or how good they are.

Officials were self-congratulatory about how well the day had gone.

...self-congratulatory chatter.

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  • self-congratulatory — adjective Date: 1833 expressive of self congratulation < self congratulatory memoirs > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • self-congratulatory — self con,gratu latory adjective showing you are very proud of what you have done, in a way that annoys other people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-congratulatory — Synonyms and related words: complacent, consequential, narcissan, narcissine, narcissistic, narcistic, overproud, overweening, self admiring, self approving, self assuming, self complacent, self congratulating, self content, self contented, self… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • self-congratulatory — See self congratulation. * * * …   Universalium

  • self-congratulatory — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ adjective : indulging in self congratulation …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-congratulatory — UK / US adjective showing disapproval showing you are very proud of what you have done, in a way that annoys other people …   English dictionary

  • self-grat|u|la|to|ry — «SEHLF GRACH uh luh TR ee, TOHR », adjective. = self congratulatory. (Cf. ↑self congratulatory) …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-congratulation — self congratulatory /self keuhn grach euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, or, often, / graj , keuhng , self /, adj. self congratulating, adj. /self keuhn grach euh lay sheuhn/, or, often, / graj , keuhng , self /, n. the expression or feeling of… …   Universalium

  • self-congratulation — self congratu lation n [U] behaviour that shows in an annoying way that you think you have done very well at something >.self congratu latory [ US ˌ. .ˈ.....] adj ▪ a smug, self congratulatory smile …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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