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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.
  • The great danger here is complacency.
    Brink Lindsey  --  War & the Battle of Ideas  -- 06/28/06)
  • There is no doubt that the United States had become complacent about homeland security, but in fact this was precisely because so many commentators had cried "wolf" over the last decade that many policymakers had stopped listening.
    Mackubin Thomas Owens  --  Same Old Questions  -- 06/29/06)

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  • Their manner and attitudes were the last expression of complacent self-righteousness.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • She was extravagant with her pity, and complacent in her snug world.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Over and over during training, we were told never to be complacent,
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "I told them you’d take it like this," said Hermione with a hint of complacency.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "Don’t let that make you complacent, though," he warned me.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • That would have wiped that complacent smile off his face.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death

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  • But he’d let himself become too complacent with what he’d been doing.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Dominique watched him complacently, as if he presented no further problem to her.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "You do not see," she said, and she smiled her complacent smile and went into the house.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Several of our men fell, among them the round-faced officer who had marched so gaily and complacently.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Jokubas possesses what his wife complacently describes as "poetiszka vaidintuve"—a poetical imagination.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Lennie, who had been following the conversation back and forth with his eyes, smiled complacently at the compliment.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Mr. Ewell wrote on the back of the envelope and looked up complacently to see Judge Taylor staring at him as if he were some fragrant gardenia in full bloom on the witness stand,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Milo nodded serenely with complacent gratification.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Sydney Carton looked at his punch and looked at his complacent friend;
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was really worth considering why this certainly very amiable and complacent person ... was following Mr. Fogg’s tracks step by step.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • ...looked up at us complacently, and said,
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The scout witnessed his departure with complacency,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Having levelled my palace, don’t erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He looked tired and worn, but there was the same complacent repose upon his features that they always wore:
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I am part of that, a little solemn with the feel of those long winters, a little complacent from growing up in the Carraway house in a city where dwellings are still called through decades by a family’s name.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "You are a very complacent husband, my dear Monsieur Bonacieux," said the cardinal.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There was an impressive silence; Morcerf alone knew not why such profound attention was given to an orator who was not always listened to with so much complacency.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Jane met her with a smile of such sweet complacency, a glow of such happy expression, as sufficiently marked how well she was satisfied with the occurrences of the evening.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Then August’s face undergoes another transformation, melding into something close to complacency.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Renesmee was complacent in my arms, one hand still resting on my face.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • And these humans wouldn’t stay complacent for long.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • ...his "off on a cloud" complacency.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Don’t get complacent, though. Harry. You’ve only done one task; whoever put you in for the tournament’s got plenty more opportunity if they’re trying to hurt you.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • They were both well dressed, stout and complacent and they brought a breath of opulence among the company.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Nor will certain ideas forget me; they keep filing away at my lethargy, my complacency.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • twirled his thumbs with an air of complacency,
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • indeed everything was filled with sperm, except the captain’s pantaloons pockets, and those he reserved to thrust his hands into, in self-complacent testimony of his entire satisfaction.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • From that day she was a model of obedience, and the old lady complacently admired the success of her training.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The marriage was highly approved of by Mrs. Shelby, who, with a little womanly complacency in match-making, felt pleased to unite her handsome favorite with one of her own class who seemed in every way suited to her;
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • She felt all the honest pride and complacency which her alliance with the present and future proprietor could fairly warrant,
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Edna could not control a feeling which bordered upon complacency at her friend’s praise, even realizing, as she did, its true worth.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Scarlett seemed demure and sweet enough these days, but there was a pleased complacency in her eyes which annoyed people...
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Umbridge gave her wide, complacent smile and settled herself into a chintz-covered armchair, blinking up at her captives like a toad in a flowerbed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Even his own, perhaps too complacent, consciousness of the agreeable improvement in his appearance might have been forgiven in such circumstances,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Lady Caroline smiled complacently.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I, by conversing, cannot these erect
    From prone; nor in their ways complacence find.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Tiny smiled grimly and assured me that Lena would never be either shabby
    or rich. "And I don’t want to be," the other agreed complacently.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Cedric watches the men chat, chummy and complacent, his eyes darting from one face to the other.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • With these words he approached the goblet to his lips, took a complacent draught of the cordial,
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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