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[self-im-ij] /ˈsɛlfˈɪm ɪdʒ/
the idea, conception, or mental image one has of oneself.
Origin of self-image
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The subject was beauty and self-image and how that sometimes goes uncontrollably awry.
  • Fish's announcement deflated the puffed up self-image of the theorists.
  • Their entire self-image is based on how their chosen mirrors treat them.
  • He shrinks the world to his own self-image and then prides himself on his expansiveness.
  • Previous studies have shown that personal relationships with others can reinforce one's well-being and self-image.
  • Guns have become an integral part of their self-image and culture.
  • These movies don't deny that groups are important to the self-image of the characters.
  • These gaps are fueled by fears and an unconscious drive to maintain a particular self-image or self-worth.
  • Consumer self-image is as important as the cost of the batteries when buying a car.
  • She is outraged that virtually all females consider their looks as key to their self-image.
British Dictionary definitions for self-image


one's own idea of oneself or sense of one's worth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-image

also self-image, 1904 in psychology, from self- + image (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-image in Medicine

self-image n.
The conception that one has of oneself, including an assessment of qualities and personal worth.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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