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insecurity

[in-si-kyoo r-i-tee]
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noun, plural in·se·cu·ri·ties.
  1. lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt: He is plagued by insecurity.
  2. the quality or state of being insecure; instability: the insecurity of her financial position.
  3. something insecure: the many insecurities of life.

Origin of insecurity

From the Medieval Latin word insēcūritās, dating back to 1640–50. See insecure, -ity

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2. precariousness, shakiness, vulnerability.
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  • All the same, the episode left her with a feeling of insecurity.

  • She hastened to point out the other side of the matter, the insecurity of it, the disgrace.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Now I understand that strange sense of insecurity in my past.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • This ignorance of the foe's whereabouts carried with it a sense of insecurity.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • This ignorance of his adversary's whereabouts carried with it a sense of insecurity.

    The Point Of Honor

    Joseph Conrad


Word Origin and History for insecurity

n.

1640s, from Medieval Latin insecuritas, from insecurus (see insecure). Specific psychological sense is by 1917.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper