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  • adj. Obsolete form of proper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Middle English forms of proper, property.


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  • What, for Canadian amour propre, is more irritating is that coincidentally "spotted fever" was reported as breaking out in other parts of England.

    War Story of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

  • Small differences often grow into great quarrels, and honest differences of opinion frequently produce controversies in which national amour propre is involved and national honor, dignity, and prestige are supposed to be at stake.

    Elihu Root - Nobel Lecture

  • The phrase amour-propre since 'propre' means clean elides 'self-love' and 'clean-love'.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Napoleon's representations as to her being "propre": but at last he acknowledged his marriage with Madame Jouberthon.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • As for Lucien, he objected to his brother that the Queen was ugly, and laughed at Napoleon's representations as to her being "propre": but at last he acknowledged his marriage with Madame Jouberthon.

    The Memoirs of Napoleon

  • "propre" maintenant qu'il a été nettoyé de toute humanité et réduit à un code-barre SS (Sécu Soc) (sécurité sociale, ndlr).

    Entretiens / Interviews / Entrevistas

  • He might take offense at well-intentioned advice and sulk for months, refusing to talk to those who had wounded his amour propre.

    The Return

  • Henry Farrell on Crooked Timber defends the European Parliament: ... complaints about the self-importance and amour-propre of MEPs seem to me to really miss the point.

    Things that caught my eye

  • Oui, et pour plusieurs raisons : le peuple révolté nous en supplie, la Ligue arabe et donc les pays voisins demandent cette intervention, et notre conscience de la souffrance du peuple libyen, et de ce qui attend les insurgés si Qaddafi gagne sa guerre contre son propre peuple, nous l'exige.

    Bishop Pierre Whalon: 'Just War' And The Intervention In Libya

  • Let's reinforce that there is no apparent overriding public interest at stake here, only the SEC's amour propre.

    What Really Merits Disclosure?


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