self-con·​scious ˌself-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce self-conscious (audio)
: conscious of one's own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself : aware of oneself as an individual
: 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-consciously adverb
self-consciousness noun

Examples of self-conscious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many titles are also distinguished by a degree of self-conscious literary difficulty. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 The years ticked by, and more self-conscious things popped out of my body diverting the attention away from my follicles. Stacey Wallenstein, Flow Space, 27 June 2024 Naturally, people had a lot to say about this apparent self-conscious vocal change. Meg Walters, Glamour, 19 June 2024 This début novel, by a noted writer of short stories, begins as Eva, the self-conscious teen-age daughter of middle-class parents, befriends a boy named Jamie, an intellectual with a contrarian streak who comes from a wealthy family. The New Yorker, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for self-conscious 

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of self-conscious was in 1632

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“Self-conscious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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: uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others
self-consciously adverb
self-consciousness noun

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