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amour-propre

[a-moor-praw-pruh] /a murˈprɔ prə/
noun, French.
1.
self-esteem; self-respect.
Origin
literally, self-love
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British Dictionary definitions for amourpropre

amour-propre

/amurprɔprə/
noun
1.
self-respect
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Word Origin and History for amourpropre

amour-propre

n.

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."

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