[self-uh-shoo r-uh ns, self-]


Origin of self-assurance

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for self-assurance

aplomb, poise

Examples from the Web for self-assurance

Contemporary Examples of self-assurance

Historical Examples of self-assurance

  • Lafontaine had conviction and self-assurance, but his elocution was very bad for poetry.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • "You too will suffer," said the old Raot, with self-assurance.

    In the Forbidden Land

    Arnold Henry Savage Landor

  • I walked into the front office with a lot of self-assurance.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • There was an easy strength and self-assurance in her carriage.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • The street had given him his self-assurance, his ready tongue and his wit.

    Germinie Lacerteux

    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

British Dictionary definitions for self-assurance



confidence in the validity, value, etc, of one's own ideas, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-assurance

1590s, from self- + assurance.

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