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A self-righteous person acts superior to his peers because he believes his moral standards are perfect. This "moral smugness" is condescending by nature and is usually found offensive by others.

Self-righteousness is a way unintelligent and nonathletic people can retain a sense of superiority. Various cults and religions promote self-righteousness in an attempt to convert the average person, who feels immoral by comparison.
Joe: Hey, I downloaded this awesome movie! Want to go watch it?
Tim: You DOWNLOADED it?
Joe: Yeah..?
Tim: *Sigh* That's immoral and against the law. I would never do that.
Joe: You're a self-righteous tool.
by Storm_Surge October 16, 2008
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Being smugly superior morally to everyone else.
Normal Guy: Hey want to go get a beer?

Guy #2: No sorry, drinking destroys the mind and body. You shouldn't drink.

Normal Guy: What a self righteous bastard.
by lolcatz123l August 20, 2011
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Someone who for all the right reasons wants their beliefs to be righteous to help others but for a lack of understanding and compassion is short of love and righteousness.
That self-righteous barstard is just plain wrong ... I think he needs to take a look from a more loving angle ... Then he may be able to help.
by Insearchoothetruth December 26, 2018
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A self-righteous person acts superior to her peers because she believes her moral standards are perfect. This "moral smugness" is condescending by nature and is usually found offensive by others.
The typical mentality of the Western woman is that she is always right no matter what, thus driving away a lot of self-respecting guys with her self-righteous attitude.
by Triggerer of Snowflakes July 22, 2019
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