complacence

[ kuh m-pley-suh n-see ]SEE DEFINITION OF complacence
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The harm which she has done me does not permit of that complacence.

Yes, I shall say, with the complacence of one who thinks that he has made a noble discovery.

Was it complacence or suspicion that stirred the liquid in the cyst so smoothly?

She was all complacence and compliment the rest of her visit.

And yet something in this complacence of hers bewildered him.

"It's a fair enough home for a man to end his days in," he said with complacence.

"Yes, she does," said Craig with a complacence that roiled Arkwright.

There are some scenes of horror on which my imagination can dwell not without some complacence.

Yet the Gypsy apparently takes it all with complacence and good humour.

Complacence was in his gesture, he seemed vain of the brilliance of his reasoning.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "pleasure," from Medieval Latin complacentia "satisfaction, pleasure," from Latin complacentem (nominative complacens), present participle of complacere "to be very pleasing," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + placere "to please" (see please). Sense of "pleased with oneself" is 18c.

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