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1Feeling undue awareness of oneself, one's appearance, or one's actions.‘I feel a bit self-conscious parking my scruffy old car’‘a self-conscious laugh’
embarrassed, uncomfortable, ill at ease, uneasy, nervous, tense, edgyunnatural, inhibited, gauche, awkward, strainedmodest, shy, diffident, bashful, blushing, timorous, timid, retiring, shrinkingView synonyms
- ‘‘A lot of kids are also self-conscious and awkward when they go on holiday alone because of their condition but here they forget all that,’ he explained.’
- ‘They are so busy concentrating on the dance that they forget to be self-conscious about their appearance.’
- ‘He suffered from bad acne and was self-conscious about his appearance.’
- ‘In fact, many children with P.E. are self-conscious about their appearance and choose not to participate in athletics.’
- ‘Obesity experts who compiled the document say self-conscious adolescents feel embarrassed in the presence of the opposite gender during gym and swimming lessons.’
- ‘Unlike more socially self-conscious authors, Fraser appears to have no axe to grind.’
- ‘Children may also feel self-conscious about their appearance and lack confidence in social situations, if they have severe facial abnormalities.’
- ‘The change in Eloise from being timidly self-conscious regarding her appearance to publicly yelling at a figure of authority was quite remarkable.’
- ‘She took virtually no exercise and was self-conscious about her appearance.’
- ‘It showed me a way of arguing, quite different from the hot-faced, angry exchanges with family members or the awkward, self-conscious exchanges with school friends.’
- ‘I also looked older than children my own age, so being around them made me feel awkward and self-conscious.’
- ‘They didn't recognize that it's a disease, like any other disease, and there's nothing to be embarrassed about or self-conscious about.’
- ‘Between the movie we'd just seen and the movie about to be made, we both felt awkward and self-conscious, as if we were auditioning for the roles of ourselves.’
- ‘Made with untrained actors, the film has home-video moments of self-conscious awkwardness.’
- ‘Suddenly I felt very self-conscious about my appearance.’
- ‘Tall and gangly, with a long nose and beady eyes, he was self-conscious about his appearance and despaired of ever being loved.’
- ‘She was very self-critical and self-conscious about her appearance and actions.’
- ‘Handily for such awkward, self-conscious creatures, you can't really dance to it either.’
- ‘At the start of the six-week course, the women are timid and self-conscious.’
- ‘It gave me hope that maybe this friendship thing could work out, that we could eventually get to a point where our interactions weren't always self-conscious and awkward.’
- 1.1Philosophy Psychology Having knowledge of one's own existence, especially the knowledge of oneself as a conscious being.
- ‘I think that humans are the only self-conscious moral agents.’
- ‘Of course, philosophically speaking, where humans differ from other species is that they are self-conscious, in a way that albatrosses and flatworms just don't seem to be.’
- ‘Only self-conscious moral agents can weigh and judge the life of humans or animals.’
- ‘It is an interesting question whether any cognitively sophisticated, rational, self-conscious agent must experience situations of choice in this way.’
- ‘Rational beings exist not only as self-conscious centres of knowledge, but also as agents.’
- 1.2(especially of an action or intention) deliberate and with full awareness, especially affectedly so.‘her self-conscious identification with the upper classes’
deliberate, careful, thoughtful, considered, conscious, calculated, intentional, volitional, designed, mannered, measured, studious, knowing, purposefulView synonyms
- ‘This year's prize has a secondary purpose: as a self-conscious attempt to define, by its own indefinability, the state of British art in 2002.’
- ‘He alone supplied the deft and necessary touch of self-conscious theatrical artifice.’
- ‘To have knowledge, one must always be able, when necessary, to justify what one says, even though one need not always obtain one's knowledge via a self-conscious justificatory process.’
- ‘Her photographs have the look and feel of mere snapshots, as unmediated realism, unencumbered by artifice and self-conscious construction.’
- ‘The importance of tactility and of body-object proximity is inflected, moreover, in the self-conscious design of such boxes - a matter of fashion and of comfort.’
- ‘This ‘tailoring’ was not, we may be certain, particularly deliberate or self-conscious.’
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