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[ik-spoh-zher] /ɪkˈspoʊ ʒər/
the act of exposing, laying open, or uncovering:
the sudden exposure of objects that were hidden under the blanket.
the fact or state of being exposed:
A bandage will avoid exposure of the wound.
disclosure, as of something private or secret:
the exposure of their invasion plans.
an act or instance of revealing or unmasking, as an impostor, crime, or fraud:
the exposure of graft and corruption.
presentation to view, especially in an open or public manner:
His exposure of his anger shocked the company.
indecent exposure:
The suspect was arrested for exposure in public.
a laying open or subjecting to the action or influence of something:
The exposure of his theories to ridicule destroyed his self-confidence.
the condition of being exposed to danger, harm, etc.: exposure to toxic mold;
exposure to a deadly disease.
the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather, especially the cold:
to suffer from exposure.
  1. the act of presenting a photosensitive surface to rays of light.
  2. the total amount of light received by a photosensitive surface or an area of such a surface, expressed as the product of the degree of illumination and the period of illumination.
  3. the image resulting from the effects of light rays on a photosensitive surface.
situation with regard to sunlight or wind; aspect:
a southern exposure.
a putting out or deserting, especially of a child, without shelter or protection; abandonment.
something exposed, as to view; an exposed surface:
exposures of rock.
public appearance, notice, attention, mention, or discussion, especially in the media:
great ways to gain exposure for your products on TV and on the Internet.
a prominent, often overextended position or commitment, as in investment, that is considered precarious and risky:
The bank was nervous about its exposure in Iran.
Origin of exposure
First recorded in 1595-1605; expose + -ure
Related forms
nonexposure, noun
postexposure, adjective
reexposure, noun
self-exposure, noun
semiexposure, noun
3. divulgement, revelation, exposé. 5. display.
1. concealment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-exposure
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  • Or is it modesty, the fear of giving himself away, and of self-exposure?

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • Ann Eliza stood burning with the shame of Evelina's self-exposure.

    Bunner Sisters Edith Wharton
  • Still, the sympathy was very impassioned; though, but for his rashness in self-exposure to danger, he might never have known it.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • The luxury of self-exposure kept her almost happy through the long evening.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • For what must these clumsy attempts of feminine scientificality and self-exposure bring to light!

    Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche
  • With this self-exposure the direct Poe-quality of the technique comes to an end.

British Dictionary definitions for self-exposure


the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed
the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspect: the bedroom has a southern exposure
lack of shelter from the weather, esp the cold: to die of exposure
a surface that is exposed: an exposure of granite
(mountaineering) the degree to which a climb, etc is exposed See exposed (sense 4)
  1. the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc
  2. an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc
  3. (as modifier): exposure control
  1. the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed
  2. a combination of lens aperture and shutter speed used in taking a photograph: he used the wrong exposure
appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films
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Word Origin and History for self-exposure



c.1600, "public exhibition," from expose (v.) + -ure. Sense of "situation with regard to sun or weather" is from 1660s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Indecent exposure attested by 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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