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self-esteem

[self-i-steem, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪˈstim, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect.
2.
an inordinately or exaggeratedly favorable impression of oneself.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
Synonyms
See pride.
Antonyms
diffidence.
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British Dictionary definitions for self esteem

self-esteem

noun
1.
respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
2.
an unduly high opinion of oneself; vanity
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Word Origin and History for self esteem

self-esteem

n.

1650s, from self- + esteem (n.). Popularized by phrenology, which assigned it a "bump" (Spurzheim, 1815).

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