: a sense of one's own value as a human being : self-esteem
feelings of self-worth
a lack of self-worth
helping to build/develop self-worth
people with low/greater/higher self-worth
Too often, college students base their self-worth solely on their GPA.Marcia Morris
… jobs that gave them not only wages and health care and pensions but also a context, a sense of self-worth, a kind of identity.Lance Morrow
… a five-minute film that touches on themes of building inner strength and developing a strong sense of self-worth.Natalie Proulx

Examples of self-worth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Obsessive love also fuels the potential for codependency, a dysfunctional relationship dynamic where one person relies almost exclusively on their partner for emotional support, validation and experiencing self-worth. Mark Travers, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 These public displays of self-worth can be great for a dopamine hit, but ironically, thrive-posting may hold people back from truly moving on. Isle McElroy, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2024 The episode is a story of friendship, self-worth, and being your very best self. Tanay Howard, Parents, 15 Feb. 2024 But there is this wonderful little offshoot of this story of Ken — somebody who’s not as smart or as enlightened as Barbie trying to find their self-worth and value. Paul Grein, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 As the blazing Sun in your social zone jabs at disruptive Uranus in your values sector, a provocation might lead you to an unexpected realization about your self-worth., Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 My grandmother’s resilience is entrenched in my concept of self-worth. Kristina Kasparian, Longreads, 6 Feb. 2024 Heartening themes involving holding on tight to one’s dreams and not devaluing one’s self-worth make for an encouraging upgrade from the norm. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 Recognizing that self-worth isn’t solely tied to perfection. Essence, 21 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-worth was in 1815

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“Self-worth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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