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[self-wurth] /ˈsɛlfˈwɜrθ/
the sense of one's own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect.
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[self-wur-th ee-nis] /ˈsɛlfˈwɜr ði nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • The stock price is often inextricably linked to everyone's feeling of self-worth.
  • Boosting people's sense of self-worth has become a national preoccupation.
  • These gaps are fueled by fears and an unconscious drive to maintain a particular self-image or self-worth.
  • Therefore, information that runs counter to those beliefs threatens our perceived self-worth.
  • We often ascribe malicious behavior to that which jolts our sense of self-worth.
  • Any challenge to a property's routine maintenance thus becomes a threat to self-worth, net worth, and an entire way of life.
  • They provide a sense of belonging and self-worth, and the courage to face tomorrow.
  • The point at which these balance is set by our own sense of self-worth.
  • Prolonged, agonising deaths in which a patient's personality and sense of self-worth disintegrate can be degrading.
  • What it does require is either a healthy sense of self-worth, or outright delusion.
British Dictionary definitions for self-worth


respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-worth

also self worth, 1650s, from self- + worth (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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