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
The surgery may be able to solve the problem of self-esteem, but it is the best
  solution.
He recognised that a key motivator for many people is the desire to feel
  important, the nourishment of their self-esteem.
Students may be enjoying high self-esteem, but college teachers seem to be
  suffering from a lack of self-confidence.
Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their
  personnel.
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