Definition of amour propre in English:

amour propre

noun

  • [mass noun] A sense of one's own worth; self-respect:

    ‘Pablo's amour propre must have been tested by his short stature’
    • ‘A sense of what is due one can easily degenerate into that amour propre which is the enemy of the sort of extended sociable and friendly amour-de-soi which Hume, like Rousseau, sees as the moral ideal for human beings.’
    • ‘For this thesis, however, the most important function of ‘face’ is as amour propre.’
    • ‘For the happiness and the amour propre of the people living within it, in order to make them proud, the great city requires the elaborate display of otherwise useless emblems.’
    • ‘But the Foreign Ministries of Europe were staffed by aristocrats motivated more by considerations of amour propre than common sense.’
    • ‘The more they are ignored, the greater their sense of outraged amour propre.’
    • ‘The messy announcement is not simply a question of amour propre for the UN.’
    • ‘French postmodernists will sneer at the very concept of objectively measuring greatness, but their brittle amour propre will be secretly salved by hearing that the most important city in his lists, by far, is Paris.’
    • ‘Moreover, in continuing to accord priority to the relationship with the former superpower, the United States offered a salve to damaged Russian amour propre.’
    • ‘Our amour propre forces us to look more closely at ourselves than at others.’
    • ‘Work in America was financially rewarding, but it lacked cachet, a point about which butlers are especially sensitive, so they compensate for the loss of amour propre in other ways.’
    • ‘But he had made the mistake of offending the punditocracy's amour propre, making them look like fools in the process.’
    • ‘That would violate their sense of amour propre and their self-image as the valiant victims.’
    • ‘But he was moved by his own amour propre and his monetary obligations to his men, not by any duty of obedience to the French king.’
    • ‘Still less is it a conclusion to which they can properly come out of a desire to obstruct a challenge to their decision or out of misplaced amour propre.’
    • ‘They will not change because it would be damaging to their amour propre and hazardous to their positions to admit they have been doing it all wrong.’
    • ‘Thus, in economies of honour, pride is constituted as amour propre and can be put on the line (there are places where desperate honour may be lost without any possibility of retrieval).’
    • ‘Ingenuity, coupled with immense reserves of courage, cruelty and amour propre, was the ingredient that allowed him to continue his ‘armed struggle’ in Angola for so long, and to turn the country into one of the unhappiest on earth.’
    • ‘In his essay he noted that there was ‘a good deal of wounded amour propre about Leningrad, a coldly handsome and once arrogant old capital, now viewed as something of a back number by the Moscow arrivistes’.’
    self-centredness, egocentricity, egomania, self-interest, selfishness, self-seeking, self-serving, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-love, narcissism, self-admiration, self-adulation, vanity, conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, pride, self-esteem, self-importance
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Origin

French.

Pronunciation:

amour propre

/aˌmʊə ˈprɒpr(ə)/