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amour-propre

[a-moor-praw-pruh] /a murˈprɔ prə/
noun, French.
1.
self-esteem; self-respect.
Origin of amour-propre
literally, self-love
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  • His amour-propre, his long fidelity, his deep affection—all were outraged.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Then came that fatal 'amour-propre' that involved me originally in the pursuit, and I was silent.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Now, bashfulness is almost always a sure sign of amour-propre.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The wounds inflicted to his amour-propre by the Virginia Assembly were healing.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • This wound to his amour-propre was compensated by the success of the last election.

    Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard
  • This wilfulness was attributed to his youth, and the impatience of his amour-propre.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • "It's not so, not so at all," he cried, carried away and more and more mortified in his amour-propre.

    The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The infidelity of Clementine Pichon touched his amour-propre a little, but he soon consoled himself for it.

  • I take very little account of quarrels where amour-propre alone is concerned, but I never forget real offenses.

  • We could not escape from it, lest we hurt the amour-propre of the cook, and it was late when we were ready for our last sortie.

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for amour-propre

amour-propre

/amurprɔprə/
noun
1.
self-respect
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Word Origin and History for amour-propre
n.

1775, French, "sensitive self-love, self-esteem;" see amour and proper.

Vanity usually gives the meaning as well, &, if as well, then better. [Fowler]
The term was in Middle English as proper love "self-love."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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