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[self-ik-spresh-uh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪkˈsprɛʃ ən, ˌsɛlf-/
the expression or assertion of one's own personality, as in conversation, behavior, poetry, or painting.
Origin of self-expression
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self-expressive, adjective Unabridged
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  • Teaching a student to take pride in self-expression is not a pedagogical intrusion but an obligation.
  • The secret: the suppression of self-expression is impossible.
  • For one thing, you never took writing to mean self-expression, which means self-indulgence.
  • There she met artists, writers and performers, whose support helped usher her closer to self-expression.
  • Writing is not merely, or even foremost, a matter of self-expression.
  • We are about to experience an outburst of self-expression unparalleled in our country's literary history.
  • He offers them a little idiosyncrasy, self-expression and individuality.
  • The results of his unbridled self-expression are undeniably satisfying artifacts.
  • Argues that balance must be maintained between self-expression and academic rigor.
  • The program goals included making art in order to empower the participants through self-expression and community building.
British Dictionary definitions for self-expression


the expression of one's own personality, feelings, etc, as in painting, poetry, or other creative activity
Derived Forms
self-expressive, adjective
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