self-asserting love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Asserting oneself or one's own rights or views.
  • adjective Self-confident.
  • adjective Overbearing; arrogant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Given to asserting one's opinions, rights, or claims; putting one's self forward in a confident or presumptuous manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective asserting one's self, or one's own rights or claims; hence, putting one's self forward in a confident or assuming manner.

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

  • adjective aggressively self-assured


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  • Her free flowing, challenging, self-asserting ways, must have prompted her day camp peers to think she was not properly socialized so, at nap time, several white girls (ages 4-5) approached her cot and announced, "we're white."

    Father Michael Pfleger Didn't Speak in a Vacuum . . . 2008

  • Does it seem to not-jive with the tactless, self-asserting, loud-mouthed way that I write here?

    whitehelmet Diary Entry whitehelmet 2006

  • This cultural encroachment -- and subsequently the abandonment of one's own culture -- is turning the once dominant and self-asserting cultures of the Third World into inconsequential and highly symbolic discourses, at best, indigenous cultures fighting for survival.

    Weathering the Globalization Storm 2006

  • He is self-asserting and ill-educated, yet fond of literature, although not himself a speaker, — fierce with slaves, but obedient to rulers, a lover of power and honour, which he hopes to gain by deeds of arms, — fond, too, of gymnastics and of hunting.

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett 2006

  • To this, and to one or two other missives couched in terms of increasing decision, Hugh answered with manly, self-asserting, overbearing arguments.

    He Knew He Was Right 2004

  • But he was a man who was pleasant to other men — not combative, not self-asserting beyond the point at which self-assertion ceases to be a necessity of manliness.

    Phineas Finn 2004

  • Yet truly my heart warms to nothing so much as to a row of fat English cabbages which grow in the rectory garden, with a complacent, self-asserting John Bullism about them.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago Isabella Lucy 2004

  • The Doctor, though he was a self-asserting and somewhat violent man, was thoroughly soft-hearted.

    Dr. Wortle's school 2004

  • He had been ever bold and self-asserting; but now he was perhaps a little over-bold.

    John Caldigate 2004

  • “No more he does — I know that myself,” she replied, following me with a self-asserting swagger, and a great rustling of cheap silk.

    Uncle Silas 2003


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