Origin of exposure

First recorded in 1595–1605; expose + -ure
Related formsnon·ex·po·sure, nounpost·ex·po·sure, adjectivere·ex·po·sure, nounself-ex·po·sure, nounsem·i·ex·po·sure, noun

Synonyms for exposure

Antonyms for exposure

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Examples from the Web for self-exposure

Contemporary Examples of self-exposure

Historical Examples of self-exposure

  • Or is it modesty, the fear of giving himself away, and of self-exposure?

    The Growth of a Soul

    August Strindberg

  • Ann Eliza stood burning with the shame of Evelina's self-exposure.

    Bunner Sisters

    Edith Wharton

  • Still, the sympathy was very impassioned; though, but for his rashness in self-exposure to danger, he might never have known it.

    Gryll Grange

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • The luxury of self-exposure kept her almost happy through the long evening.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • For what must these clumsy attempts of feminine scientificality and self-exposure bring to light!

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche

British Dictionary definitions for self-exposure



the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed
the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspectthe bedroom has a southern exposure
lack of shelter from the weather, esp the coldto die of exposure
a surface that is exposedan exposure of granite
mountaineering the degree to which a climb, etc is exposedSee exposed (def. 4)
  1. the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc
  2. an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc
  3. (as modifier)exposure control
  1. the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed
  2. a combination of lens aperture and shutter speed used in taking a photographhe used the wrong exposure
appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films
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Word Origin and History for self-exposure



c.1600, "public exhibition," from expose (v.) + -ure. Sense of "situation with regard to sun or weather" is from 1660s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Indecent exposure attested by 1825.

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