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self-esteem

[self-i-steem, self-]
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noun
  1. a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect.
  2. an inordinately or exaggeratedly favorable impression of oneself.
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Origin of self-esteem

First recorded in 1650–60

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See pride.

Antonyms

diffidence.
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  • The evenings with her did something to reinstate him in his own self-esteem.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • You have not succeeded in making a fool of me; my self-esteem is satisfied.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • "You want nothing for self-esteem," she informed him gravely.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The wound to his self-esteem was in the very tenderest spot of his nature.

  • My resolve neither wounds a friend nor hurts my own self-esteem.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for self-esteem

self-esteem

noun
  1. respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
  2. an unduly high opinion of oneself; vanity
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Word Origin and History for self-esteem

n.

1650s, from self- + esteem (n.). Popularized by phrenology, which assigned it a "bump" (Spurzheim, 1815).

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