adjective Date: circa 1680 convinced of one's own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others ; narrow-mindedly moralistic • self-righteously adverbself-righteousness noun

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  • self-righteous — 1680s, from SELF (Cf. self) + RIGHTEOUS (Cf. righteous) (q.v.). Related: Self righteously; self righteousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-righteous — adj proudly sure that your beliefs, attitudes, and ↑morals are good and right, in a way that annoys other people used to show disapproval ▪ She s a vegetarian, but she s not at all self righteous about it. >self righteously adv >self… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-righteous — [self′rī′chəs] adj. filled with or showing a conviction of being morally superior, or more righteous than others; smugly virtuous self righteously adv. self righteousness n …   English World dictionary

  • Self-righteous — Self right eous, a. Righteous in one s own esteem; pharisaic. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • self-righteous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ certain that one is totally correct or morally superior. DERIVATIVES self righteously adverb self righteousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • self-righteous — adjective showing that you are too proud of your own moral behavior or beliefs, especially in a way that annoys other people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-righteous — [adj] smug affected, canting, complacent, egotistical, goody goody*, holierthan thou*, hypocritical, noble, pharisaic, pietistic, pious, preachy, sanctimonious, selfsatisfied, superior; concepts 401,542 Ant. caring, humble, thoughtful,… …   New thesaurus

  • self-righteous — ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as self righteous, you disapprove of them because they are convinced that they are right in their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviour and that other people are wrong. He is critical of the monks,… …   English dictionary

  • self-righteous — adjective proudly sure that your beliefs, attitudes, and morals are good and right, in a way that annoys other people: That s the most unfair, self righteous statement I ve ever heard! self righteously adverb self righteousness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-righteous — adjective we listened to Mom because she wasn t as self righteous as you Syn: sanctimonious, holier than thou, self satisfied, smug, priggish, complacent, pious, moralizing, preachy, superior, hypocritical; informal goody goody Ant: humble …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • self-righteous — self righteously, adv. self righteousness, n. /self ruy cheuhs, self /, adj. confident of one s own righteousness, esp. when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others. [1670 80] Syn. sanctimonious, pharisaical. * * * …   Universalium

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