self-esteem

[self-i-steem, self-]
noun
1.
a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect.
2.
an inordinately or exaggeratedly favorable impression of oneself.

Origin:
1650–60


See pride.


diffidence.
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self-esteem
 
n
1.  respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
2.  an unduly high opinion of oneself; vanity

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Word Origin & History

self-esteem
1657, from self + esteem (q.v.). Popularized by phrenology, which assigned it a "bump" (Spurzheim, 1815).
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Example sentences
Not to mention the self esteem gained by actually doing a worth while job.
It became a tool of escape and defense, making freedom attainable and affirming
  strength, self-reliance and self esteem.
There are so many people out there who are unable to keep from trying to
  bolster their self esteem by putting someone else down.
It gives both spouses self esteem and ambition to be successful.
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