self-gratulation love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Reflection upon one's own good fortune or success as such.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Gratulation of one's self.


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  • While he was in this state of self-gratulation, Richard burst into the circle, attended, indeed, only by two men, but in his own headlong energies an irresistible host.

    The Talisman 2008

  • But, in the midst of this chuckle of self-gratulation, some figure goes by which Thersites too can love and admire.

    Representative Men 2006

  • Suppose these points — and none of them depend upon Mr. Wolfe at all — and what becomes of the glory of the young hero, of the great minister who discovered him, of the intoxicated nation which rose up frantic with self-gratulation at the victory?

    The Virginians 2006

  • Thrice in his political life did Sir Robert Peel change his political creed, and carry, or assist to carry, with more or less of self-gratulation, the measures of his adversaries.

    The Three Clerks 2004

  • This was to me a very serious subject of self-gratulation, for, besides my instinctive dread of becoming the topic of the speculations of gossip, I felt that if the situation which I occupied in relation to him were made publicly known, I should stand committed in a manner which would scarcely leave me the power of retraction.

    The Purcell Papers 2003

  • He had neither the ennobling self-gratulation, which constancy inspires, to console him, nor the voluptuous sense of abandonment to a forbidden, but intoxicating passion.

    The Last Man 2003

  • David, therefore, in an exclamation of joyful self-gratulation, openly confesses, that he was content with the possession of God alone, who by means of knowledge and love is possessed by his creatures.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 1 1560-1609 1956

  • When it was all over he beat his withered white hands together once or twice, and smiled in self-gratulation that his time of suffering was over.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray

  • "It's a warmish bit o 'work, that hallygro," said old Fuller, in milder self-gratulation, as he disposed his 'cello between his knees, and mopped his bald forehead.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray

  • The completion of the Twentieth Volume of this Miscellany presents us with another cause for self-gratulation, and thankful acknowledgement to the reading public.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 584. (Supplement to Vol. 20) Various


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