amour propre

amour pro·​pre | \ˌa-ˌmu̇r-ˈprōprᵊ, ˌä-, -ˈprȯprᵊ\

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

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Fundamental to Chinese amour propre is the belief that the language is too difficult for foreigners, who will never master its complete set of characters. Peter Neville-hadley, WSJ, "A Most Implausible Machine," 1 Sep. 2017 There is no such thing as private satisfaction of amour propre. David Lay Williams, Washington Post, "On Instagram, Louise Linton tried to shame her ‘adorable’ critics. Here’s what Rousseau would say about her Marie Antoinette moment.," 25 Aug. 2017 Concessions at this stage would damage national amour propre to an unacceptable degree. Patrick N. Theros, Time, "Saudi Arabia Must Realize It Can’t Win the Feud with Qatar," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of amour propre

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amour propre

French amour-propre, literally, love of oneself

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