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[self-ri-spekt, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈspɛkt, ˌsɛlf-/
proper esteem or regard for the dignity of one's character.
Origin of self-respect
First recorded in 1605-15
Related forms
self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was becoming certain that their self-respect was awakened.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • God acts out of moral obligation, out of self-respect, out of love.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • And this we must not say to each other even now, by all the bonds of mutual honor and self-respect.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Doubtless the self-respect of the woman was in no way wounded by the master's recoil.

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for self-respect


a proper sense of one's own dignity and integrity
Derived Forms
self-respectful, self-respecting, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-respect

also self respect, "proper regard for and care of the dignity of one's person," 1795, from self- + respect (n.). Related: Self-respecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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