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[self-ri-gahrd, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈgɑrd, ˌsɛlf-/
consideration for oneself or one's own interests.
Origin of self-regard
First recorded in 1585-95
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self-regarding, adjective Unabridged
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  • I would not wish to offend the self-regard of Vermilionville.


    George Washington Cable
  • self-regard, that is, is essential, and sympathy supposes its existence.

  • He was free from self-regard, and had the devotion of all who served with him.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • The rationality of self-regard seemed to me as undeniable as the rationality of self-sacrifice.

    The Methods of Ethics Henry Sidgwick
  • Before the love of right, of virtue, of truth, appears this self-regard.

  • But we do not stop to argue out matters when our own self-regard is in question.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • If they are tainted by any self-regard, then they are not charitable deeds at all.

  • There can be no strength of character without self-regard, and self-regard is built on the instinctive desire of self-assertion.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
British Dictionary definitions for self-regard


concern for one's own interest
proper esteem for oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-regard

1590s, from self- + regard (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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