adjective \-ˈkän(t)-shəs\

: 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

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

First Known Use of SELF-CONSCIOUS

circa 1680


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