a realistic respect for or favorable impression of oneself; self-respect.
an inordinately or exaggeratedly favorable impression of oneself: Her self-esteem can sometimes be very annoying.
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How to use self-esteem in a sentence
Once a girl's self-esteem is crushed, the effects are far reaching and long lasting.To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Adolescent Girls | Michele Moloney-Kitts | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For 381 days, no black person in Montgomery with a shred of self-esteem rode the bus.
It was her flaws, her failures, her struggles with her weight and her self-esteem, and her refusal to be shamed by them.
The price of being unable to perform is often paid in self-esteem.
Yes, I get that Always is attempting to build large, overarching connections between girls getting older and losing self-esteem.Yes, Always’s ‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Is Great—but It’s Also Deceptive | Emily Shire | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To suddenly discover oneself proficient where failure had been feared increases self esteem and adds to the sum of happiness.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
He was angry with himself, wounded in self-esteem, for having allowed any one to render him this service.Villa Rubein and Other Stories | John Galsworthy
That was to be her punishment for having cut too deep into his self-esteem.The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
But I thought I would leave the word to him, without further attempt to reinstate him in his self-esteem.A Traveler from Altruria: Romance | William Dean Howells
The very worst way to induce a man to learn is to begin by telling him he is ignorant, and thereby insulting his self-esteem.The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for self-esteem
respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
an unduly high opinion of oneself; vanity
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