- the sense of one's own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect.
Origin of self-worth
First recorded in 1960–65
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Examples from the Web for self-worth
Each was in a day-by-day survival mode—each in his own way yearning for self-worth.Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream
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July 27, 2014
What the Negro could try to control and preserve was his sense of self-worth.Eddie Robinson, College Football’s Winningest Coach
Samuel G. Freedman
August 23, 2013
They saw not only their jobs at risk but also their sense of self-worth.Pity the Coal Miners: A Greener Environment’s Biggest Losers
June 28, 2013
These are people who live and die, and measure their status, self-worth, and manhood by the size of their bank accounts.$614M SAC Capital Settlement a Sign of Wall Street’s Cynical Calculus
March 19, 2013
And there I was in L.A., measuring my self-worth by whether I could book a job on Beverly Hills 90210.Ali Wentworth Gets Complicated
December 22, 2009
Be ones advantages never so much or so meager, self and self-worth are at last the determinative factor.Makers and Romance of Alabama History
B. F. Riley
Raised in this way, people later in life will tend to link their self-worth to internalized parental standards.
Client-centered therapy focuses especially on difficulties that stem from a client's negative feelings of self-worth.
- respect for or a favourable opinion of oneself
Word Origin and History for self-worth
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper