from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Culture, training, or education of one's self by one's own efforts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Culture, training, or education of one's self without the aid of teachers.


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  • In its original, classical form, hatha yoga is part of a comprehensive system of spiritual philosophy and self-culture that comes out of the Indian tradition.

    Sally Kempton: Should Christians Do Yoga?

  • They may have emphasized secular self-culture more than religious conversion, but like traditional Christians they believed that all people have value.

    Philocrites: Spring issue of UU World now available.

  • The wealthy man may pay others for doing his work for him, but it is impossible to get his thinking done for him by another or to purchase any kind of self-culture.

    The Master Key System

  • As a result, a community living with emphases on culture and self-culture is very much a reality today, though a rudiment at the moment.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • For in the Veda the Aryan peoples are those who had accepted a particular type of self-culture, of inward and outward practice, of ideality, of aspiration.

    Arya means an effort or an uprising and overcoming

  • Bildung, their “self-culture”, as the American Transcendentalists would translate the term, for Humboldt necessarily implied a social and political dimension.

    Wilhelm von Humboldt

  • I suppose the worldly tone of his tales grew out of the calculations of self-culture.

    Representative Men

  • Our attention has recently been called by one of the old members of this literary organization, to the beneficial results which were seen in the subsequent careers of some of its members, and a little reflection should awaken in us of the present generation an appreciation of such means of self-culture.

    Living in Dryden: The Village of Dryden around the Civil War

  • The challenge was to make these methods of self-betterment credible to Americans who were no longer immersed in the old Puritan traditions of self-examination and self-culture.


  • These were years of self-culture, of literary activity.

    The thousand-petalled lotus


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