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self-esteem

[self-i-steem, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪˈstim, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect.
2.
an inordinately or exaggeratedly favorable impression of oneself.
Origin of self-esteem
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60
Antonyms
diffidence.
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  • The evenings with her did something to reinstate him in his own self-esteem.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • You have not succeeded in making a fool of me; my self-esteem is satisfied.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • "You want nothing for self-esteem," she informed him gravely.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • The wound to his self-esteem was in the very tenderest spot of his nature.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • My resolve neither wounds a friend nor hurts my own self-esteem.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for self-esteem

self-esteem

noun
1.
respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
2.
an unduly high opinion of oneself; vanity
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Word Origin and History for self-esteem
n.

1650s, from self- + esteem (n.). Popularized by phrenology, which assigned it a "bump" (Spurzheim, 1815).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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