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complacence


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Complacence  \Com*pla"cence\,  Complacency  \Com*pla"cen*cy\,  n. 
  [LL.  complacentia:  cf  F.  complaisance.  See  {Complacent},  and 
  cf  {Complaisance}.] 
  1.  Calm  contentment;  satisfaction;  gratification. 
 
  The  inward  complacence  we  find  in  acting  reasonably 
  and  virtuously.  --Atterbury. 
 
  Others  proclaim  the  infirmities  of  a  great  man  with 
  satisfaction  and  complacency,  if  they  discover  none 
  of  the  like  in  themselves.  --Addison. 
 
  2.  The  cause  of  pleasure  or  joy.  ``O  thou,  my  sole 
  complacence.''  --Milton. 
 
  3.  The  manifestation  of  contentment  or  satisfaction;  good 
  nature;  kindness;  civility;  affability. 
 
  Complacency,  and  truth,  and  manly  sweetness,  Dwell 
  ever  on  his  tongue,  and  smooth  his  thoughts. 
  --Addison. 
 
  With  mean  complacence  ne'er  betray  your  trust. 
  --Pope. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  complacence 
  n  :  the  feeling  you  have  when  you  are  satisfied  with  yourself 
  "his  complacency  was  absolutely  disgusting"  [syn:  {complacency}, 
  {self-complacency},  {self-satisfaction}] 




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