Definitions

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

  • n. Pride in oneself; self-respect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Personal feelings or opinions of oneself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The holding a good opinion of one's self; self-complacency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Esteem or good opinion of one's self; especially, an estimate of one's self that is too high.

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

  • n. a feeling of pride in yourself

Etymologies

self- +‎ esteem (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Anyone who’s self-esteem is so bloated as to blind him/her from his/her faults does not have a ’self-esteem problem’.

    dustbury.com » Esteem cleaned

  • Before going any further, let’s accurately define the term self-esteem.

    Parenting by the Book

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics guide to caring for babies and young children uses the word self-esteem ten times in the space of seven pages in the first chapter, and that doesn’t even count the numerous mentions of self-respect, confidence, and belief in oneself.

    Generation Me

  • Others have been dislocated from work, escaped from an abusive relationship or just have low self-esteem, which is where Mr. Ramchandani comes in.

    New Suits for New Starts

  • The ability of your children to have a positive emotional reaction begins with a firm grounding in their feeling loved, secure, and competent, in other words, their self-esteem.

    Dr. Jim Taylor: Freak Out or Geek Out?: Children's Emotional Reactions to Achievement

  • Low self-esteem translates into several things: subjecting oneself to abuse, both verbal and physical; believing that you cannot accomplish your dreams; and allowing others to dictate how you live your life.

    The Hot Box

  • It comes back again to the idea of self-esteem and feeling good about ourselves.

    Generation Me

  • A sense of entitlement to “specialness” and positive outcomes has compromised rather than enhanced real self-esteem, which is based on mastery rather than wishful thinking.

    Why is it Always About You?

  • Healthy narcissism depends on real self-esteem, which is something completely lacking in the people we commonly describe as Narcissists.

    Why is it Always About You?

  • But I had gone too far, had thrown far too much of what I laughingly referred to as my self-esteem into the bargain.

    Sir Apropos of Nothing

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