self-respect

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self- +‎ respect

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self-respect (uncountable)

  1. The knowledge of one's own worth, valuing one's self; pride.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XXIV, in Mansfield Park: [], volume (please specify |volume=I, II or III), London: [] T[homas] Egerton, [], OCLC 39810224:
      [] he wished he had been a William Price, distinguishing himself and working his way to fortune and consequence with so much self-respect and happy ardour, instead of what he was!
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, a Romance, Boston, Mass.: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, OCLC 223202227:
      In the little chaos of Pearl's character there might be seen emerging [] an uncontrollable will—sturdy pride, which might be disciplined into self-respect—and a bitter scorn of many things which, when examined, might be found to have the taint of falsehood in them.
    • 1915, Virginia Woolf, chapter XIX, in The Voyage Out[1]:
      Would any woman have behaved like that—if a man had said he didn’t want her? We’ve too much self-respect; we’re infinitely finer than they are.
    • 1965, Herbert, Frank, Dune[2] (Science Fiction), New York: Ace Books, OCLC 15383013, page 112[3]:
      “To hold Arrakis,” the Duke said, “one is faced with decisions that may cost one his self-respect.” He pointed out the window to the Atreides green and black banner hanging limply from a staff at the edge of the landing field. "That honorable banner could come to mean many evil things."

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