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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 of self-esteem
1650-1660
1650-60
Synonyms
See pride.
Antonyms
diffidence.
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  • The very worst way to induce a man to learn is to begin by telling him he is ignorant, and thereby insulting his self-esteem.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • You have not succeeded in making a fool of me; my self-esteem is satisfied.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • His self-esteem was entitled to rise in proportion with the distance he could run or kick or throw or hit.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • My resolve neither wounds a friend nor hurts my own self-esteem.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Even in these private pages, my self-esteem finds it hard to confess what happened.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
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
n.

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

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