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Definition of "self-respect" [self•-re•spect]

  • Due respect for oneself, one's character, and one's conduct. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "self-respect" in a sentence
  • "He means that, for the real Stoic, _self-respect is the necessary consequence of his intellectual conception of his place in the universe_, and that self-respect must as inevitably result in virtue."
  • "In Dalit politics by the late 1920s, the idea of "self-respect" had displaced an earlier practice of seeking recognition from what were viewed as disdainful, bigoted and arrogant upper castes."
  • "Doomed to live for the physical indulgences of others, unused to any pleasures but those of sense, stripped of self-respect, and having nothing to gain in life, how can he be expected to govern himself?"