Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Due respect for oneself, one's character, and one's conduct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The knowledge of one's own worth, valuing one's self; pride.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Respect for one's self; regard for one's character; laudable self-esteem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Respect for one's self or for one's own character; a proper regard for and care of one's own person and character; the feeling that only very good actions are worthy of the standard which one has generally maintained, and up to which one has acted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect

Etymologies

self- +‎ respect (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He means that, for the real Stoic, _self-respect is the necessary consequence of his intellectual conception of his place in the universe_, and that self-respect must as inevitably result in virtue.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

  • In Dalit politics by the late 1920s, the idea of "self-respect" had displaced an earlier practice of seeking recognition from what were viewed as disdainful, bigoted and arrogant upper castes.

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  • Doomed to live for the physical indulgences of others, unused to any pleasures but those of sense, stripped of self-respect, and having nothing to gain in life, how can he be expected to govern himself?

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • There was a discussion earlier about another word that I hear used all the time among my Mexican friends, and the couple assured me and everyone else that I must be mistaken because it is "ALWAYS" derogatory, context be damned, and that I have no self-respect if I subject myself to its use.

    The Scarlet Letter (another word game)

  • Galinsky's research found that individual differences in prenatal testosterone predict the degree to which someone will defend their personal interest when their self-respect is threatened during the negotiation process.

    The TV Column: Experts - lots of them - weigh in on Charlie Sheen

  • Strand was 26 years younger than Stieglitz, 11 years younger than Steichen, and thus did not have to refight battles for artistic self-respect they had already won.

    From the Shadows of Giants

  • They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.

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  • He told me that boxing saved him: "It gave me self-discipline and a sense of self-respect."

    Why Boxing Is Worth Fighting For

  • “I will be happy, Mother, but on my own terms, with self-respect,” I insisted.

    Olivia

  • And then she would hug me and say, You will have enough self-respect for both of us, Olivia.

    Olivia

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