Definition of self-respect noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌself rɪˈspekt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌself rɪˈspekt//
[uncountable] Proud
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a feeling of pride in yourself that what you do, say, etc. is right and good Despite poverty and appalling conditions, these people still manage to keep their dignity and self-respect. See related entries: ProudExtra examples He chose to resign to keep his self-respect. She has little self-respect. You can’t help but feel sorry for a man who has clearly lost all self-respect. Any man with self-respect wouldn’t tolerate such treatment.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: self-respect