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[uh-pree-shee-ey-shuh n] /əˌpri ʃiˈeɪ ʃən/
gratitude; thankful recognition:
They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality:
a course in art appreciation.
an increase or rise in the value of property, goods, etc.
critical notice; evaluation; opinion, as of a situation, person, etc.
a critique or written evaluation, especially when favorable.
Origin of appreciation
1600-10; earlier appretiation < Late Latin appretiāt(us) (see appreciate) + -ion, or < French appréciation
Related forms
appreciational, adjective
nonappreciation, noun
overappreciation, noun
self-appreciation, noun
superappreciation, noun
unappreciation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-appreciation
Historical Examples
  • No matter how crude their efforts may be, there is no lack of self-appreciation.

    Convenient Houses

    Louis Henry Gibson
  • He knew the qualities of a mind that had no just self-appreciation.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston
  • What particularly fascinates you is his lack of self-appreciation.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
  • "I knew it," said Kernan, raising his glass, with a flushed smile of self-appreciation.

  • There are, no doubt, many exceptions to this form of self-appreciation.

    Illusions James Sully
  • The inblowing of fashion has been fanning her self-appreciation for years.

  • There was a touch of the Satanic in this that pleased Andrew and made Allister show his teeth in self-appreciation.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He supported no dignity and permitted a familiarity which indicated no self-appreciation of his real rank in the world of letters.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • He certainly was no more contented than before, nor was his self-appreciation materially diminished.

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • The nationality of Argentina is not founded on tradition; it comes from the fervour of self-appreciation.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for self-appreciation


/əˌpriːʃɪˈeɪʃən; -sɪ-/
thanks or gratitude
assessment of the true worth or value of persons or things
perceptive recognition of qualities, as in art
an increase in value, as of goods or property
a written review of a book, etc, esp when favourable
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Word Origin and History for self-appreciation



c.1600 (with an isolated use from c.1400), from Anglo-French appreciation, noun of action from Old French apprécier (14c.), from Late Latin appretiare "estimate the quality of" (see appreciate). Generally with a sense of "high estimation" from c.1650. Meaning "expression of (favorable) estimation" is from 1858; sense of "rise in value" is from c.1790.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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