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self- +‎ esteem


  • IPA(key): /ˌsɛlf.əˈstiːm/



self-esteem (usually uncountable, plural self-esteems)

  1. Confidence in one's own worth; self-respect.
    • 2004, George Carlin, “EUPHEMISMS: What Do You Do for a Living?”, in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?[1], New York: Hyperion Books, →ISBN, →OCLC, →OL, page 90:
      American companies now put a great deal of effort into boosting their employees' self-esteem by handing out inflated job titles. Most likely, they think it also helps compensate for the longer hours, unpaid overtime and stagnant wages that have become standard. It doesn't.
    • 2011, Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney, Willpower, →ISBN, pages 191–192:
      People with high self-esteem think they're more popular, charming, and socially skilled than other people, but objective studies find no difference.



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