amour propre


amour pro·​pre ˌa-ˌmu̇r-ˈprōprᵊ How to pronounce amour propre (audio)

Examples of amour propre in a Sentence

if amour propre is a virtue, then this actress's memoirs are among the greatest declarations of love ever written
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Word History


French amour-propre, literally, love of oneself

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amour propre was in 1775

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“Amour propre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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