self-knowl·​edge ˌself-ˈnä-lij How to pronounce self-knowledge (audio)
: knowledge or understanding of one's own capabilities, character, feelings, or motivations : self-understanding

Examples of self-knowledge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Royalle’s thirst for self-knowledge couldn’t be quenched. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 One of them is the self-knowledge and self-confidence that has come. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 14 Mar. 2024 Miyazaki’s films tend to follow a similar arc: A child’s life is disrupted, something supernatural beckons, and the young hero navigates a bizarre new world, emerging in the end with a kernel of self-knowledge. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2024 Hers is a world where logic does not reign, independence is essential and the unconscious is a mechanism for self-knowledge. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 But Crossing uses delicate brushstrokes to depict the city also as a place where transformative encounters can bring change and greater self-knowledge. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Self-awareness and self-knowledge are, therefore, the basis of all leadership. Leon E. Moores, Md, Dsc, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Yet what is cringe but the beginning of self-knowledge? Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Continuous health streaming may liberate anxious and idle patients from fear of the unknown, putting them on the path toward self-knowledge and health optimization. Leslie Saxon, IEEE Spectrum, 5 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1537, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-knowledge was in 1537

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“Self-knowledge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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