self-respect

[self-ri-spekt, self-]
noun
proper esteem or regard for the dignity of one's character.

Origin:
1605–15

self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective
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self-respect
 
n
a proper sense of one's own dignity and integrity
 
self-re'spectful
 
adj
 
self-re'specting
 
adj

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self-respect
"proper regard for the dignity of one's person," 1795, from self + respect (q.v.).
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Example sentences for selfrespect
He is dominated by her and has lost both the respect of the town and his selfrespect.
They began to deteriorate in their manners, sanitation and selfrespect.
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