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Both sides are too self-righteous to reach an friendly agreement.
  believing you are morally superior to those around you — especially in an annoying manner
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self-righteous self-righteousness self-righteously
Strongly Associated with:   righteousness
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  • Both sides are too self-righteous to reach an friendly agreement.
  • She is self-righteous, seeing minor flaws in her friends while ignorant of her own major shortcomings.
  • The slack-faced, highlighted zombies stared at me, trying on different expressions of concern and self-righteousness they’d memorized from reality shows.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Your self-righteous arrogance will be the end of everything.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • Still, it baffles me that these self-righteous, self-enthralled waddlers get such special treatment.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • They were all so dreadfully self-righteous.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • That self-righteous waste.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But today, our self-righteousness, our fear, and our anger have caused even the Christians to hurl stones at the people who fall down, even when we know we should forgive or show compassion.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Somehow, the self-righteousness that blinded him to the most glaring truths didn’t prevent him from reading the secrets in her eyes.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "Such a self-righteous young man," she cooed, and he poked her leg.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • That night I fired off a rather angry, self-righteous letter to Dr. Piedmont telling him that his cute little schoolhouse on Yamacraw was not worth a pound of cow dung.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • When mention of the NSBers no longer brought on a volley of self-righteous wrath, I knew the person’s healing was not far away.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I remember your saying how smug Northerners appeared to be in their willful and self-righteous ignorance.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Others are bulgy, dumpy, with clamped self-righteous mouths, their arms festooned with shopping bags; these we associate with sales, with bargain basements.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Boris blinked, a bit self-righteously.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Maybe there was something behind the ego and self-righteousness after all—something surprisingly genuine.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • They were hard and self-righteous.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • "Those arrogant, self-righteous—" He stops and clears his throat.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "I don’t like self-righteous people," I say.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Order was restored, but not to the faces of the crowd: the faces remained lecherously self-righteous.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And over time he worked himself into a choler of self-righteous indignation that was impossible to keep bottled up.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Colonel Korn demanded, emulating Colonel Cathcart’s harsh, self-righteous tone.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Aringarosa glanced at the two cardinals, who seemed to be measuring him with self-righteous anticipation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Suspicious, self-righteous, spiteful, he was like a wife that must be got rid of.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Shrouded in a veil of self-righteous intellectualism.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Her words had the effect she wanted: He puffed up with self-righteous pride.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Ullman spread his hands and looked at Jack self-righteously.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He was, and is yet most likely, the wearisomest self-righteous Pharisee that ever ransacked a Bible to rake the promises to himself and fling the curses to his neighbours.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I have followers who were murderers and many who were self-righteous.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • You know, Jacob, you’re awfully self-righteous — considering that you’re a werewolf and all.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She looked strange for a little girl, half sad and half self-righteous.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • (Sincerely, but also self-righteously) Now that’s your money.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Their manner and attitudes were the last expression of complacent self-righteousness.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Then, feeling very self-righteous, he went upstairs.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • It was the old school, the Norman baronial attitude, which provided the adventures at this period—for few people can hate so bitterly and so self-righteously as the members of a ruling caste which is being dispossessed.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • GEORGE: (Laughing through his anger) Why, you smug, self-righteous little .
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • With the O.C. Bible, C.E.T. presented the Liturgical Manual and the Commentaries — in many respects a more remarkable work, not only because of its brevity (less than half the size of the O.C. Bible), but also because of its candor and blend of self-pity and self-righteousness.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It is often impossible to find out either party’s real wishes; with luck, they end by doing something that neither wants, while each feels a glow of self-righteousness and harbours a secret claim to preferential treatment for the unselfishness shown and a secret grudge against the other for the ease with which the sacrifice has been accepted.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • In the car, she started in on him, accusing him of self-righteousness.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • I’d tried to point out that this could be taken in other ways than sampling products, but she’d only waved me off, so self-righteous in her quest to spread the KaBoom message to cola drinkers everywhere.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Such self-righteousness leads to a misunderstanding, not only of oneself but of the nature of both man and the cosmos.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • When he spoke about Robbie, which wasn’t often, it was with a touch of self-righteous vindication.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • I’ve heard your self-righteous BS for the last time.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • She would make the perfect vicar’s wife, with that deadly combination of self-righteousness mixed with an unforgiving streak.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • But the bigger, self-righteous part of me refused to acknowledge my burning curiosity.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • These were Shiite Moslems, still glorying in the success of the revolution, clad in the self-righteous robes of fanaticism.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Approaching the age of twenty-one, I was the most preachy, self-righteous, lip-worshiping, goody-goody person I have ever known.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Head erect, her mouth pursed in mock self-righteousness.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The two brothers find Bowles whiny and self-righteous.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
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Associated words [difficulty]:   self-righteous [3] , righteousness [1]
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