[self-nol-ij, self-]


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

Origin of self-knowledge

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of self-knowledge

Historical Examples of self-knowledge

  • Hence they have a difficulty in receiving the first element of improvement, which is self-knowledge.

  • Yet without this self-knowledge there may be a sylvan strength and integrity in that which he is.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • And this is wisdom and temperance and self-knowledge—for a man to know what he knows, and what he does not know.

  • Or is self-knowledge a difficult thing, which few are able to attain?

    Alcibiades I

    (may be spurious) Plato

  • This bespoke insight and self-knowledge, by which he surpassed Colet.

British Dictionary definitions for self-knowledge



knowledge of one's own character, etc
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