self-re·​spect·​ing ˌself-ri-ˈspek-tiŋ How to pronounce self-respecting (audio)
: having or characterized by self-respect

Examples of self-respecting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tourists should beware however: the only sardines self-respecting Lisbonites eat outside the May-October season are from a can. 96 of the world’s best chefs share their favorite food experiences 16. Paul Ames, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 No self-respecting French driver could go more than 12 seconds without honking at someone perceived as being in their way. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-respecting was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Self-respecting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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