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amour-propre
esprit de corps
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with Anu Garg

amour-propre or amour propre

PRONUNCIATION:
(ah-moor PRO-pruh)

MEANING:
noun: Self-esteem; self-respect.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French amour-propre (self-esteem), from amour (love) + propre (own).

USAGE:
"Diaghilev was always happy to trample on the feelings of his colleagues if he thought that the outcome merited it and at different times we see Fokine, Benois, Bakst, and Nijinsky all desolated by jealousy and injured amour-propre."
Luke Jennings; A Tyrannical Genius; The Observer (London, UK); Oct 25, 2009.

See more usage examples of amour-propre in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Man can be the most affectionate and altruistic of creatures, yet he's potentially more vicious than any other. He is the only one who can be persuaded to hate millions of his own kind whom he has never seen and to kill as many as he can lay his hands on in the name of his tribe or his God. -Benjamin Spock, pediatrician and author (1903-1998)

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