[ self-ri-spekt, self- ]
See synonyms for: self-respectself-respects on

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

Origin of self-respect

First recorded in 1605–15

Other words from self-respect

  • self-re·spect·ful, self-re·spect·ing, adjective

Words Nearby self-respect Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use self-respect in a sentence

  • No well-brought-up girl would allow herself to do so, my dear, she would have far too much self-respect.

  • To accept so much and still preserve one's self-respect would be impossible to ordinary men under ordinary circumstances.

  • And in that sudden rout of courage and self-respect one conscious thought alone remained.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • Aguinaldoʼs scholarship is too meagre for an elevated position, and his dignity and self-respect too great for an inferior one.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • It is impossible to refrain from applauding the king for this manifestation of spirit and self-respect.

British Dictionary definitions for self-respect


  1. a proper sense of one's own dignity and integrity

Derived forms of self-respect

  • self-respectful or self-respecting, adjective

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