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Related to self-satisfied: whimsically, withdrawn
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He was a very stupid and very self-satisfied and very healthy and very well-washed man, and nothing else.
Much as my dear boy was, unhappily, too self-conscious and self-satisfied (I'll draw no parallel between him and you in that respect) to love as he should have loved, or as any one in his place would have loved--must have loved
All the time his trained faculties of an excellent investigator, who scorns no chance of information, followed the self-satisfied, disjointed loquacity of the constable.
This pleased him, but his extreme emaciation converted his self-satisfied smile into a ghastly exhibition of long teeth under the red moustache.
He looked tired and worn, but there was the same complacent repose upon his features that they always wore: and through dirt, and beard, and whisker, there still shone, unimpaired, the self-satisfied smirk of flash Toby Crackit.
Sherlock Holmes chuckled to himself, and appeared to be about to make some remark, when Lestrade, who had been in the front room while we were holding this conversation in the hall, reappeared upon the scene, rubbing his hands in a pompous and self-satisfied manner.
Conrad Cain (Timothy Hutton) and his wife, Ellie (Dana Delany), seem to have the proverbial everything: untold wealth, high standing in New York society, self-satisfied pretensions (they speak French to one another, at least before reporters), gorgeous views from their big-bucks condo, accomplished progeny.
But what really caught my attention was the on-screen graphic CNBC used: "CEO as King," showing a self-satisfied executive type wearing a coronet.
According to Wells, their success in creating a more modern economy that limited the ability of white laborers to organize by utilizing the leverage of slave labor threatened the equanimity of a self-satisfied northern middle class.
An obvious riff on Robert Frank's images of cars, telephone wires, backyards, and his own wife, it encapsulates Friedlander's complex signature and its ability to morph and move in new directions rather than remain an easy, self-satisfied formula.
Over the years, studies on organizational communication have clearly indicated that managers are usually poor at sharing and listening and good at informing and educating; managers wearing their communication hats appear much happier and self-satisfied in the informing/educating role than in the sharing/listening role.
IS the Jockey Club fooling itself or is it trying to fool the rest of us with its complacent and self-satisfied declaration suggesting corruption in racing has been overcome and integrity restored?