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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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  • All human activity is, in a certain sense, a mode of self-expression.

    The Spirit of America Henry Van Dyke
  • Every man who has a grievance is fiercely impelled to self-expression.

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Whence comes a latent materialism, ready to grasp the chance of self-expression.

  • The life of many-sided growth is also a life of self-expression.

  • It was not the outcome of a need—the famous need of self-expression which artists find in their search for motives.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
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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