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self-esteem; self-respect.
Historical Examples

This wilfulness was attributed to his youth, and the impatience of his amour-propre.
History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine

The wounds inflicted to his amour-propre by the Virginia Assembly were healing.
Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard

Then came that fatal ‘amour-propre’ that involved me originally in the pursuit, and I was silent.
Arthur O’Leary Charles James Lever

This wound to his amour-propre was compensated by the success of the last election.
Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard

His amour-propre, his long fidelity, his deep affection—all were outraged.
A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens

“It’s not so, not so at all,” he cried, carried away and more and more mortified in his amour-propre.
The Possessed Fyodor Dostoevsky

That Monroe’s amour-propre was deeply wounded appears in the letter he wrote in answer to his “chief.”
Thomas Jefferson Gilbert Chinard

The infidelity of Clementine Pichon touched his amour-propre a little, but he soon consoled himself for it.
The Man With The Broken Ear Edmond About

We could not escape from it, lest we hurt the amour-propre of the cook, and it was late when we were ready for our last sortie.
My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

The wig takes up all your attention, and amour-propre makes you every morning as busy as the most skillful hairdresser.
The Physiology of Marriage, Complete Honore de Balzac


1775, French, “sensitive self-love, self-esteem;” see amour and proper.

Vanity usually gives the meaning as well, &, if as well, then better. [Fowler]

The term was in Middle English as proper love “self-love.”


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