amour propre

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Borrowing from French amour-propre.


amour propre ‎(uncountable)

  1. Self-regard, self-esteem.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 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.
    • 2010, Deborah Orr, The Guardian, 11 Nov 2010:
      You'd imagine a 26-year sentence for a brutal murder would be enough to assuage the amour-propre of any police force.