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complacent
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David Copperfield
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  • Mr. Dick was so very complacent ... that I am sorry to say I was provoked into explaining to him that ruin meant distress, want, and starvation;
  • ’Janet!’ cried my aunt, with the same complacent triumph that I had remarked before.
  • The Doctor, with a complacent smile, was reading aloud some manuscript explanation or statement of a theory out of that interminable Dictionary, and she was looking up at him.
  • He passed his hand complacently over his bald head, and said with ostentatious resignation: ’My dear, we will not anticipate the decrees of fortune.
  • Mr. Omer, with a very complacent and amiable face, took several puffs in silence; and then said, resuming his first point: ’Accordingly we’re obleeged, in ascertaining how Barkis goes on, to limit ourselves to Em’ly.
  • I was casting my eyes with increasing complacency over these and many similar objects, when hasty footsteps were heard in the room outside, and Mr. Spenlow, in a black gown trimmed with white fur, came hurrying in, taking off his hat as he came.
  • As I think of them going up and down before those schoolroom windows — the Doctor reading with his complacent smile, an occasional flourish of the manuscript, or grave motion of his head; and Mr. Dick listening, enchained by interest, with his poor wits calmly wandering God knows where, upon the wings of hard words — I think of it as one of the pleasantest things, in a quiet way, that I have ever seen.
  • …the street (which was strange enough to me) and smelt the fish, and pitch, and oakum, and tar, and saw the sailors walking about, and the carts jingling up and down over the stones, I felt that I had done so busy a place an injustice; and said as much to Peggotty, who heard my expressions of delight with great complacency, and told me it was well known (I suppose to those who had the good fortune to be born Bloaters) that Yarmouth was, upon the whole, the finest place in the universe.

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  • He had become complacent after years of success.
  • This team could win State if they stay hungry instead of getting too complacent.

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