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self-conscious

[self-kon-shuh s, self-] /ˈsɛlfˈkɒn ʃəs, ˌsɛlf-/
adjective
1.
excessively aware of being observed by others.
2.
conscious of oneself or one's own being.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80
Related forms
self-consciously, adverb
self-consciousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self conscious

self-conscious

adjective
1.
unduly aware of oneself as the object of the attention of others; embarrassed
2.
conscious of one's existence
Derived Forms
self-consciously, adverb
self-consciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for self conscious

self-conscious

adj.

1680s, "aware of one's action," a word of the English Enlightenment (Locke was using it by 1690), from self- + conscious. Morbid sense of "preoccupied with one's own personality" is attested from 1834 (in J.S. Mill). Related: Self-consciously; self-consciousness.

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