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[a-moor-praw-pruh] /a murˈprɔ prə/
noun, French.
self-esteem; self-respect.
Origin of amour-propre
literally, self-love Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This wilfulness was attributed to his youth, and the impatience of his amour-propre.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • The wounds inflicted to his amour-propre by the Virginia Assembly were healing.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • Then came that fatal 'amour-propre' that involved me originally in the pursuit, and I was silent.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • This wound to his amour-propre was compensated by the success of the last election.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • His amour-propre, his long fidelity, his deep affection—all were outraged.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • "It's not so, not so at all," he cried, carried away and more and more mortified in his amour-propre.

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • That Monroe's amour-propre was deeply wounded appears in the letter he wrote in answer to his "chief."

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • The infidelity of Clementine Pichon touched his amour-propre a little, but he soon consoled himself for it.

  • We could not escape from it, lest we hurt the amour-propre of the cook, and it was late when we were ready for our last sortie.

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The wig takes up all your attention, and amour-propre makes you every morning as busy as the most skillful hairdresser.

British Dictionary definitions for amour-propre


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Word Origin and History for amour-propre

1775, French, "sensitive self-love, self-esteem;" see amour and proper.

Vanity usually gives the meaning as well, &, if as well, then better. [Fowler]
The term was in Middle English as proper love "self-love."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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