Definition of self-respect in English:



mass noun
  • Pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honour and dignity.

    ‘I want to work again to keep up my self-respect’
    ‘the days when men had some self-respect and went to the barber's’
    • ‘They care so much about what others think and then rave about national pride and self-respect in the same breath.’
    • ‘It's about self-respect, giving people a sense of pride about their city.’
    • ‘One's self-image and self-respect depend very much on how one is viewed by others.’
    • ‘Meyer banked on his military service as a way to gain dignity and self-respect.’
    • ‘Women should be allowed to develop a sense of self-respect and self-esteem, she says.’
    • ‘A successful fighting man must have a strong sense of pride and self-respect.’
    • ‘They shouldn't lose their dignity, confidence and self-respect for another.’
    • ‘They were not concerned with the boundaries of the French nation, but self-respect and honour.’
    • ‘Eventually, his body told him the emotional blow to his self-esteem and self-respect had been too great.’
    • ‘In an attempt to recover some notion of dignity and self-respect, he encourages his wife to straighten out her life.’
    • ‘The African-American scholars maintain their black identity with dignity and self-respect.’
    • ‘This completely shattered my pride and punctured my ego and self-respect.’
    • ‘How much would my self-respect, self-esteem, pride and sense of self-control increase?’
    • ‘He is fighting for his wife, his family, his dignity and his self-respect.’
    • ‘Indonesia's dignity and self-respect are not diminished by pursuing good relations with Australia.’
    • ‘The real monsters are the world around her and the people in it who don't care except to take a piece of her self-respect or dignity away.’
    • ‘The words pride and self-respect recur in the manifesto.’
    • ‘They keep people alive and strip them of everything decent: honour, self-respect, and dignity.’
    • ‘No word yet on whether the kid will have an ounce of dignity, self-respect and intelligence.’
    • ‘It gave him pride and self-respect to bring a little money home to his parents at the end of the week.’
    self-esteem, self-regard, pride in one's abilities, pride in oneself abilities, faith in oneself, pride, dignity, morale, self-confidence, confidence, self-assurance, assurance
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