What does complacency mean?
Definitions for complacency
kəmˈpleɪ sən si; -sənscom·pla·cen·cy
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complacency, complacence, self-complacency, self-satisfactionnoun
the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
"his complacency was absolutely disgusting"
A feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble.
"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." --F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1
An instance of self-satisfaction
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: complacentia, low Latin.
I by conversing cannot these erect
From prone, nor in their ways complacence find. John Milton.
When the supreme faculties move regularly, the inferior affections following, there arises a serenity and complacency upon the whole soul. South.
Diseases extremely lessen the complacence we have in all the good things of this life. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacency, if they discover none of the like in themselves. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 256.
O thou, in heav’n and earth the only peace
Found out for mankind under wrath! O thou,
My sole complacence! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii. l. 274.
They were not satisfied with their governour, and apprehensive of his rudeness and want of complacency. Edward Hyde.
His great humanity appeared in the benevolence of his aspect, the complacency of his behaviour, and the tone of his voice. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 39.
Complacency and truth, and manly sweetness,
Dwell ever on his tongue, and smooth his thoughts. Addis.
With mean complacence ne’er betray your trust,
Nor be so civil as to prove unjust. Alexander Pope, Ess. Crit.
calm contentment; satisfaction; gratification
the cause of pleasure or joy
the manifestation of contentment or satisfaction; good nature; kindness; civility; affability
Etymology: [LL. complacentia: cf. F. complaisance. See Complacent, and cf. Complaisance.]
The numerical value of complacency in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of complacency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of complacency in a Sentence
We can not flip back into complacency.
Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth -- don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
It has been complacency more than anything else, markets have been in a narrow trading range for quite a while. I don't see a lot of intra day volatility and there is no direction that's really coming from anywhere.
The fear is complacency, people will look at the system and believe they're safe, but they're not.
Tsunamis can be very destructive when they strike densely populated areas, so an historical example should be a wake-up call against complacency.
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- samolibost, sebeuspokojení, uspokojeníCzech
- Selbstzufriedenheit, SelbstgefälligkeitGerman
- suficiencia, complacencia, autocomplacenciaSpanish
- tyytyväisyys, omahyväisyys, itsetyytyväisyys, mielihyväFinnish
- somaltachdScottish Gaelic
- autoîncântare, automulțumireRomanian
- самоуверенность, самодовольствоRussian
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