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complacent
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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Definition
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
  • While the latter expression was yet on his lips, he caught a glimpse of Hepzibah, who had involuntarily bent forward to the window; and then the smile changed from acrid and disagreeable to the sunniest complacency and benevolence.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (11% in)
  • They acquire a look which an artist (if he have anything like the complacency of artists nowadays) would never dream of presenting to a patron as his own characteristic expression, but which, nevertheless, we at once recognize as reflecting the unlovely truth of a human soul.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (20% in)
  • One day, however, by her self-important gait, the sideways turn of her head, and the cock of her eye, as she pried into one and another nook of the garden,—croaking to herself, all the while, with inexpressible complacency,—it was made evident that this identical hen, much as mankind undervalued her, carried something about her person the worth of which was not to be estimated either in gold or precious stones.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (59% in)

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