[self-ri-spekt, self-]


proper esteem or regard for the dignity of one's character.

Origin of self-respect

First recorded in 1605–15
Related formsself-re·spect·ful, self-re·spect·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-respect

Contemporary Examples of self-respect

Historical Examples of self-respect

  • It was becoming certain that their self-respect was awakened.

  • God acts out of moral obligation, out of self-respect, out of love.

  • And this we must not say to each other even now, by all the bonds of mutual honor and self-respect.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence.

  • Doubtless the self-respect of the woman was in no way wounded by the master's recoil.

    Miracles of Our Lord

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for self-respect



a proper sense of one's own dignity and integrity
Derived Formsself-respectful or self-respecting, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-respect

also self respect, "proper regard for and care of the dignity of one's person," 1795, from self- + respect (n.). Related: Self-respecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper