from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Determined advancement of one's own personality, wishes, or views.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The aggressive advancement of one's own opinions or wishes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of asserting one's self, or one's own rights or claims; the quality of being self-asserting.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of asserting one's own opinions, rights, or claims; a putting one's self forward in an over-confident or presumptuous way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of putting forth your own opinions in a boastful or inconsiderate manner that implies you feel superior to others
- n. the act of asserting yourself in an aggressive manner
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This is an enterprise whose domain encompasses the politics of identity, of religious zeal, of race or class or national resentment, of victimization, of cheek and self-assertion.
We may have two political wings but inordinate celebration of the individual self is not confined to either; it has become a cultural norm that suggests insecurity beneath exaggerated self-assertion, and not for irrational reasons.
That's particularly stirring in a crucial moment of self-assertion—"Am I a machine without feelings?" she begins—with Michael Fassbender's forbiddingly handsome Rochester.
That is because economic strength leads to political and cultural self-assertion.
Hamlet's answer is the perfect self-assertion of the sovereign reader: "Words, words, words."
He treats each line as if it were an adventure in self-assertion, accompanying phrases with sign language: at the name of God, he crosses himself; when he talks about being here, he points to the ground.
Litten's carpenter friend Max John Hollingworth, looked up from his spokeshave with perhaps one too many knowing political apercus; and Litten's "weary" catalogue of his father's objections to the new Weimar republic – "To him, it's all atonal music, flat roofs, Bauhaus chairs, the rumba, Otto Dix, negro jazz, Jewish self-assertion" – could have done with the lumps taken out of it.
Meo's handling of Miles' later maturation and increasing self-assertion was stylish and well modulated.
It also offers a kind of counterbalancing self-assertion that is necessary in the face of hostility and prejudice: as Lady Gaga sings: "In the religion of the insecure/ I must be myself."
If the instinct of chastity asserted itself, then she had to fight like a tiger for the ownership and possession of her own person and ofttimes had to suffer pain and lacerations for her virtuous self-assertion.
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