[ self-nol-ij, self- ]

  1. knowledge or understanding of oneself, one's character, abilities, motives, etc.

Origin of self-knowledge

First recorded in 1605–15

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

How to use self-knowledge in a sentence

  • There was not one nook or cranny into which that ruthless self-knowledge could not throw its cruel glare.

  • I might go on to illustrate the application of this truth to self-knowledge, but it is one easily made, by each for himself.

  • Here, too, the humanity of the man showed itself, as well as the weakest points in his self-knowledge and reasoning.

    Greifenstein | F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for self-knowledge


  1. knowledge of one's own character, etc

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