1. the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness: The object of the information drive is to raise awareness of what spreads HIV/AIDS.

Origin of awareness

Related formshy·per·a·ware·ness, nouno·ver·a·ware·ness, nounself-a·ware·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of self-awareness

Historical Examples of self-awareness

  • In the enormous evening only a little shiver of self-awareness was left to her.


    Evelyn Scott

  • After all, it's just a question of increasing their self-awareness.

    Piper in the Woods

    Philip K. Dick

  • His extraordinary self-estimate and self-awareness are equally noticeable.


    John Burroughs

  • The test of a civilized person is first self-awareness, and then depth after depth of sincerity in self-confrontation.

    The Crow's Nest

    Clarence Day, Jr.

  • Early words are a record of the self-awareness of the human, denoting body parts and elementary actions.

Word Origin and History for self-awareness

1876, from self- + awareness.



1828, from aware + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-awareness in Medicine


  1. Realization of oneself as an individual entity or personality.
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