amour propre

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Borrowed from French amour-propre.


amour propre (uncountable)

  1. Self-regard, self-esteem.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society, published 2010, page 345:
      St Petersburg was endeavouring to restore its amour propre in Central Asia following the hurried departure of its mission from Afghanistan and the disappointing outcome of its recent war with Turkey.
    • 2001, Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections:
      How he hated and how he loved the lilt in her voice, the bounce in her step, the serenity of her amour propre!
    • 2010 November 11, Deborah Orr, The Guardian:
      You'd imagine a 26-year sentence for a brutal murder would be enough to assuage the amour-propre of any police force.