self-conscious love

Definitions

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

  • adj. Aware of oneself as an individual or of one's own being, actions, or thoughts.
  • adj. Socially ill at ease: The self-conscious teenager sat alone during lunch.
  • adj. Excessively conscious of one's appearance or manner: The self-conscious actor kept fixing his hair.
  • adj. Showing the effects of self-consciousness; stilted: self-conscious prose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. aware of oneself as an individual being
  • adj. uncomfortably over-conscious of one's appearance or behaviour
  • adj. ill at ease socially

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Conscious of one's acts or state as belonging to, or originating in, one's self.
  • adj. Conscious of one's self as an object of the observation of others.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Aware of one's self; having self-consciousness.
  • Conscious of one's self as an object of observation to others; apt to think of how one appears to others.

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

  • adj. aware of yourself as an individual or of your own being and actions and thoughts
  • adj. excessively and uncomfortably conscious of your appearance or behavior

Etymologies

self- +‎ conscious (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And though I don’t believe in the idea of self-conscious secrets in any Chinatown, I hope the stories collected in this volume serve to open up a newly expanded view into these neighborhoods as revealed by multiple generations of residents.

    American Chinatown

  • The purpose behind the creation of Andrea was not to create a self-conscious being, but create a program that could give the illusion of consciousness.

    About: The Progressive Diminishment of Man

  • The dread I felt stemmed directly from the knowledge that the Shrek sequels took everything good about the first film, and trashed them with ham-handed comedy, self-conscious star voices, and a surfeit of pop culture references.

    Dan Persons: The Sublime Syncretism of Kung Fu Panda 2

  • The film is stylistically self-conscious, almost to a fault, and almost unmanageably ambitious.

    Surprise: A Newly Exhilarating 'X-Men'

  • Dropping the Lord's Prayer seemed reasonable, although some other accommodations have been self-conscious and clumsy, like calling Hallowe'en "Black and Orange Day."

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Her hair lay flat against her neck, and when she spoke, you could tell she was self-conscious about her overbite.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • This gave the researchers a chance to gather information about the social dynamics without making the children too self-conscious or aware of the purpose of the program.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • I was self-conscious to be onstage and showing, but the crowd was warm and receptive.

    Times Two

  • It all feels a little too much like you're giving someone an audience for my liking, which always makes me worry about coming across as an arse, which in turn makes me all self-conscious and babbling, which makes me worry if I sound all patronising if I'm interested in the person on the other side of the table and .... argh!

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Maddy Cohan always managed to make him self-conscious, causing him to premeditate every reaction to her, even simple gestures of greeting.

    O: A Presidential Novel

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