self-esteem

noun

self-es·​teem ˌself-ə-ˈstēm How to pronounce self-esteem (audio)
1
: a confidence and satisfaction in oneself : self-respect
2

Examples of self-esteem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The semi-autobiographical story centers on an up-and-coming journalist in Philadelphia who deals with shaky self-esteem, a fresh-out-of-the-closet mom, an absent father and the guy who broke her heart. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 Research shows that people who feel their schizophrenia is stigmatized can have worse depression, social anxiety and quality of life, as well as lower self-esteem, social functioning and support from loved ones. Katie Camero, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2024 From low self-esteem and a propensity toward anxiety and depression, to problems with sleep and digestion, the negative aspects of these emotions seem, to me, to far outweigh the positive. Patric Gagne, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 In a 2018 interview with Vice, the activist touched on how nurturing her kids boosted her self-esteem. Jessica Booth, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Yet some people struggle to be authentic for fear of rejection, possibly because of low self-esteem or even because of social expectations. Linda Fitz-Alan, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Underage drinking increases the risk of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem, which can affect the brain long-term. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 26 Mar. 2024 Ralph said that racist comments, particularly about her appearance, did a number on her self-esteem. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 21 Mar. 2024 These small but daily digs wear down my self-esteem and self-worth. Sahaj Kaur Kohli, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of self-esteem was in 1619

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“Self-esteem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-esteem. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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self-esteem

noun
self-es·​teem
ˌsel-fə-ˈstēm
1
: a confidence and satisfaction in oneself : self-respect
2
: an exaggerated opinion of one's own abilities : self-conceit

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