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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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Examples for self-esteem
  • 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.
  • self-esteem may imply an estimate of oneself that is higher than that held by others: a ridiculous self-esteem.
  • Participants had taken part in activities such as gardening, sailing and country walks, and rated their mood and self-esteem.
  • self-esteem needs to be built on effort rather than innate abilities if any.
  • To tell the truth, my self-esteem and self respect is almost shot.
  • They're now promising self-esteem and cultural transformation.
  • The researchers think the weight loss was due to increased self-affirmation or self-esteem.
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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