amour-propre

amour-propre

[a-moor-praw-pruh]
noun French.
self-esteem; self-respect.

Origin:
literally, self-love

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amour-propre (amurprɔprə)
 
n
self-respect

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amour-propre
1775, from Fr., "sensitive self-love, self-esteem;" see amour and proper.
"Vanity usually gives the meaning as well, &, if as well, then better." [Fowler]
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