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self-righteous

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Definition believing oneself morally superior to others — especially in an annoying manner
  • She is self-righteous, seeing minor flaws in her friends while ignorant of her own major shortcomings.
self-righteous = convinced of personal moral superiority over others
  • Both sides are too self-righteous to reach a friendly agreement.
  • self-righteous = convinced of moral superiority over others
  • ...he was Salem-born-and-bred, a Harvard graduate, proud, opinionated, self-righteous, and utterly humorless.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • self-righteous = believing oneself morally superior to others
  • They were all so dreadfully self-righteous.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • self-righteous = convinced of personal moral superiority over others
  • I could be so self-righteous, so inflexible when I thought that I was right or that the children had been wronged.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • self-righteous = convinced of personal moral superiority over others
  • Your self-righteous arrogance will be the end of everything.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • self-righteous = belief in personal moral superiority over others
  • 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
  • self-righteousness = belief in morally superiority over others
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • self-righteousness = belief of personal moral superiority
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • There was no self-reproach, no uneasiness in those eyes. They were hard and self-righteous.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • self-righteous = convinced of personal moral superiority
  • Self-righteousness is not religion.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • self-righteousness = believing oneself morally superior to others
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • And then there was this self-righteous look on her face, for clearly she had taken up Daddy's burden of injustice, and she shouldered it with a sense of injured virtue.
    Jane Smiley  --  A Thousand Acres
  • self-righteous = belief in personal moral superiority over others
  • 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
  • self-righteous = convinced of personal moral superiority over others
  • Self-righteous smug old hypocrite.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • self-righteous = convinced of personal moral superiority
  • ...and if some of what he later said on the subject would sound a little self-righteous, he was also being entirely honest.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • self-righteous = believing oneself morally superior to others
  • 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
  • Colonel Korn demanded, emulating Colonel Cathcart's harsh, self-righteous tone.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Shrouded in a veil of self-righteous intellectualism.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Aringarosa glanced at the two cardinals, who seemed to be measuring him with self-righteous anticipation.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Maybe there was something behind the ego and self-righteousness after all—something surprisingly genuine.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Jorge got a kick out of all the people online who acted self-righteous about his family.
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project

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