amour propre

amour pro·​pre | \ ˌa-ˌmu̇r-ˈprōprᵊ How to pronounce amour propre (audio) , ˌä-, -ˈprȯprᵊ \

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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
Recent Examples on the Web As Joe Biden has frankly noted, Mrs. Biden sought the Dr. honorific to rebuild her amour propre. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Jill Biden’s Doctorate Is Garbage Because Her Dissertation Is Garbage," 16 Dec. 2020 Underneath its gleaming promise of public scholarship, Wikipedia is a community that teems with its own authorities and cognoscenti, with all the high-handedness, Byzantine bylaws, and amour propre of any cultural institution on 5th Avenue. Benjamin Wofford, Wired, "The Senate Race That Could be Pivotal for America—and Wikipedia," 2 Nov. 2020 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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The first known use of amour propre was in 1775

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“Amour propre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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