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[self-ri-spekt, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈspɛkt, ˌsɛlf-/
proper esteem or regard for the dignity of one's character.
Origin of self-respect
Related forms
self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective Unabridged
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  • I wish you well, for a pride founded on self-respect is pleasing in mine eyes; but take heed lest pride degenerate into vainglory.

  • It was becoming certain that their self-respect was awakened.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Pity the slaves who take the yoke, sez he; but dont pity me who still have my own self-respect.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • God acts out of moral obligation, out of self-respect, out of love.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • When a man looses his last grip on his self-respect he sinks with cruel rapidity.

British Dictionary definitions for self-respect


a proper sense of one's own dignity and integrity
Derived Forms
self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-respect

also self respect, "proper regard for and care of the dignity of one's person," 1795, from self- + respect (n.). Related: Self-respecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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