Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Conviction proceeding from one's own consciousness, knowledge, or confession.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of convicting one's self, or the state of being self-convicted.
“You are swept up by the production's splendid self-conviction," says the Independent's Paul Taylor, who otherwise confesses to some doubts about the plot.”
“As I write this I realize it is primarily an exercise in self-conviction, or delusion.”
“If anything, that should be a veritable recharge station for his narcissism and self-conviction.”
“Its population was too small, its economic dynamism was tapering off, its moral self-conviction was faltering and succumbing to doubt.”
“This was a projection of pure intensity of self-conviction.”
“As the citrus wears off and the spices soften by woody undercurrent, bit by bit the floral heart starts to emerge until reaching a peak – where narcissus and ylang ylang dance to the indolic rhythm of the civet base – sexual to a degree that borders on the impolite, so you need to hold on with self-conviction and dignity.”
“I had done, I condemned my own conduct as indiscreet, though nothing decisive had passed between us, and began to hate him in proportion to the self-conviction I felt, perceiving that I had involved myself in a difficulty from which I should not be easily disengaged.”
“I may be giving Mr. Clooney too much credit, but I think what he's saying is: I can't come out and say it in person or in the movie, because it would spoil the fun, but I think this guy Barris is a world-class loony whose self-delusion, or deliberate deception, or psychotic self-conviction, is useful for my purposes - and your entertainment.”
“Multiply that moment of self-conviction when an actor, made-up and costumed, nods to his mirror before stopping on stage in the belief that he is a reality entering an illusion and you would have what I presumed was happening to the actors of this epic.”
“It is a method of self-conviction by conscience which He used on more than one occasion, in different circumstances.”
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