[ self-ik-spresh-uhn, self- ]

  1. the expression or assertion of one's own personality, as in conversation, behavior, poetry, or painting.

Origin of self-expression

First recorded in 1890–95

Other words from self-expression

  • self-ex·pres·sive, adjective

Words Nearby self-expression Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-expression in a sentence

  • The born novelist had just discovered himself and clamoured for artistic self-expression.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • Every man who has a grievance is fiercely impelled to self-expression.

    By the Christmas Fire | Samuel McChord Crothers
  • That is just what Montaigne has done for a multitude of others, in virtue of his prime quality of spontaneous self-expression.

    Montaigne and Shakspere | John M. Robertson
  • However, Ellen had not the gift of self-expression, and cordiality from another seemed to freeze her up.

  • Or it may have been that his exuberant desire for self-expression had burst through the four walls of practical professions.

    Balloons | Elizabeth Bibesco

British Dictionary definitions for self-expression


  1. the expression of one's own personality, feelings, etc, as in painting, poetry, or other creative activity

Derived forms of self-expression

  • self-expressive, adjective

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