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 Dictionary entry overview: What does self-esteem mean? 

  The noun SELF-ESTEEM has 2 senses:

1. a feeling of pride in yourself
2. the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect

  Familiarity information: SELF-ESTEEM used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1self-esteem [BACK TO TOP]


A feeling of pride in yourself

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions


self-esteem; self-pride

Hypernyms ("self-esteem" is a kind of...):

pride; pridefulness (a feeling of self-respect and personal worth)

Sense 2self-esteem [BACK TO TOP]


The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


dignity; self-regard; self-respect; self-worth; self-esteem

Context examples:

it was beneath his dignity to cheat / showed his true dignity when under pressure

Hypernyms ("self-esteem" is a kind of...):

pride (the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards)

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