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self–conscious

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adjective self–con·scious \-ˈkän(t)-shəs\

Simple Definition of self–conscious

  • : uncomfortably nervous about or embarrassed by what other people think about you

  • : done in a way that shows an awareness of the effect that is produced : done in a deliberate way

Full Definition of self–conscious

  1. 1a :  conscious of one's own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself :  aware of oneself as an individualb :  intensely aware of oneself :  conscious <a rising and self–conscious social class>; also :  produced or done with such awareness <self–conscious art>

  2. 2 :  uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others :  ill at ease

self–con·scious·ly adverb
self–con·scious·ness noun

Circa 1680

First Known Use of self–conscious

circa 1680


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