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[self-uh-shoo r-uh ns, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈʃʊər əns, ˌsɛlf-/
Origin of self-assurance
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "You too will suffer," said the old Raot, with self-assurance.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • There was an easy strength and self-assurance in her carriage.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • She, in a second, has the self-assurance of a person in her own home, or visiting in a drawing-room.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • The street had given him his self-assurance, his ready tongue and his wit.

    Germinie Lacerteux Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
  • Barbara had a self-confidence and self-assurance that Emma had never possessed, and that was good.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Lafontaine had conviction and self-assurance, but his elocution was very bad for poetry.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The self-assurance which had been the distinguishing mark of Plunger's manner had gone.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • She took this first blow to her self-assurance very wholesomely.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • What does anything matter when people love as I love you and you love me (forgive my self-assurance)!

British Dictionary definitions for self-assurance


confidence in the validity, value, etc, of one's own ideas, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-assurance

1590s, from self- + assurance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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