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[in-si-kyoo r-i-tee] /ˌɪn sɪˈkyʊər ɪ ti/
noun, plural insecurities.
lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt:
He is plagued by insecurity.
the quality or state of being insecure; instability:
the insecurity of her financial position.
something insecure:
the many insecurities of life.
Origin of insecurity
1640-50; < Medieval Latin insēcūritās. See insecure, -ity
2. precariousness, shakiness, vulnerability. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Rudeness is a clear indication of deep seated insecurities and a pathology for perceived domination and control.
  • The emblem of yesterday's architectural heroism has become an icon for the insecurities of today's urban planners.
  • Our insecurities and fears, and need to belong, make us receptive to this exploitation.
  • It is a reaction and a defense formed from their own insecurities and weak egos.
  • Any travel account that fails to acknowledge a journey's difficulties and insecurities isn't being true to how travel works.
  • We talked last week about bigotry as heaping your insecurities on to someone else.
  • Almost at once, he projects his insecurities and resentments.
  • Both used their insecurities to their advantage, exposing the offhand ways in which social arbiters dispense with pretenders.
  • Apparently, that old prejudices and insecurities have not entirely disappeared from our society.
  • Playing with that, the status thing, the insecurities.
Word Origin and History for insecurities



1640s, from Medieval Latin insecuritas, from insecurus (see insecure). Specific psychological sense is by 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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