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[self-nol-ij, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈnɒl ɪdʒ, ˈsɛlf-/
knowledge or understanding of oneself, one's character, abilities, motives, etc.
Origin of self-knowledge
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Hence they have a difficulty in receiving the first element of improvement, which is self-knowledge.

    The Republic Plato
  • Yet without this self-knowledge there may be a sylvan strength and integrity in that which he is.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • And this is wisdom and temperance and self-knowledge—for a man to know what he knows, and what he does not know.

    Charmides Plato
  • Or is self-knowledge a difficult thing, which few are able to attain?

    Alcibiades I (may be spurious) Plato
  • This bespoke insight and self-knowledge, by which he surpassed Colet.

  • It is this pursuit which, oftener than any other, leads man to self-knowledge.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • But he did not cease to, for all the height of his self-knowledge and all the depth of his self-scorn.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
British Dictionary definitions for self-knowledge


knowledge of one's own character, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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