\ ˌself-ˈləv How to pronounce self-love (audio) \

Definition of self-love

: love of self: such as
a : an appreciation of one's own worth or virtue Self-love begins when we observe our actions and words with compassion as if we were our own best friend.— Sara M Bosworth Just as you'd think, it's love—particular, self-love—that makes the world go around.— Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Often we are reluctant to promote self-love mostly because we confuse it with selfishness. Since we are humans, we ought to have a healthy love for ourselves; it is from this fount that love flows out to others.— Mason Olds
b : proper regard for and attention to one's own happiness or well-being Nurturing your body seems simple, but for me it feels like an extreme act of self-love.— Danielle d'Entremont Lisa Concepcion, a certified professional love life coach and founder of LoveQuest Coaching, says that journaling is an excellent way to practice self-love.SheKnows
c : inflated love of or pride in oneself : narcissism, conceit … individuals ruled by self-love and selfishness …— John Saillant "Then from myself pray understand that I will say nothing to flatter your self-love."— Anthony Trollope … there was the self-love of those conceited blockheads who… were convinced that they themselves were superior to anything the age could produce.— John Clive

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self-loving \ ˌself-​ˈlə-​viŋ How to pronounce self-love (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of self-love

1539, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-love.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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