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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-reverence A reverent respect for one's self.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-reverence Very high or serious respect for one's own character, dignity, or the like; great self-respect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-reverence great self-respect
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  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

He had not learned then that all dreams must yield to self-reverence and self-growth.
"Margret Howth, A Story of To-day" by Rebecca Harding Davis
He learns self-reverence, and says to himself, I also am an artist, and a maker.
"Thoughts on Man" by William Godwin
Self-respect constrains them: since the goddess whom the men of Lacedaemon worship is not "Shamelessness," but "Reverence.
"The Symposium" by Xenophon
Our reverence is good for nothing if it does not begin with self-respect.
"The Poet at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
MacIan was one of those to whom a reverence and self-submission in ritual come quite easy, and are ordinary things.
"The Ball and The Cross" by G.K. Chesterton
Men when pressed by sore calamity ought not to rebel against him, but rather reverence him completely, as the self-existent.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
What appeal to self-reverence?
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
Therefore, revered sir, protect thy own self by abandoning me.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
He did not like the idea of approaching religion in other than a reverent and self-searching attitude.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
He would have had too much reverence for you, too much self-respect, too much pride.
"A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories" by William D. Howells
Novel-reading thus aggravates two of the worst maladies of modern times, self-consciousness and want of reverence.
"An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times" by Thomas Hill Green
I rally my self-reverence, my nobility of soul.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
They revered these self-lauding heroes as a species of immortal beings.
"The Utah Batteries: A History" by Charles R. Mabey
Your reverence found fault, a moment back, with my self-assumed status of judge.
"The Pursuit" by Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
Modesty is bred of self-reverence.
"Tablets" by Amos Bronson Alcott
It is a remarkable combination of reverence and of self-respect.
"Constantinople painted by Warwick Goble" by Alexander Van Millingen
Both reverence and self-reverence are injured by it.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles" by Alfred Plummer
But reverence is truth's other self, for reverence is simply loyalty to the supremest truth.
"The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)" by George Adam Smith
Self-examination was with him a genuine business, conducted in a reverent spirit and an honest and altogether healthy fashion.
"Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers" by William Edward Winks

In poetry:

When lo, upon that sun-lit ground
I saw the quivering phantom take
The likeness of St. Stephen crowned:
Then did self-reverence awake.
"Shelley's Vision" by Herman Melville
Lov'd by the grave, and courted by the young,
In social comforts eminently blest;
All hearts rever'd the precepts of thy tongue,
And Envy's self thy eloquence confess'd.
"Elegy to the Memory of David Garrick, Esq." by Mary Darby Robinson
That our work may be divine
Seek we not our own but Thine;
Lost to self and found 'in Thee,'
Find we sweet Humility,
Zeal by reverent Love refined,
True Devotion's single mind.
"In Thee. A Hymn For Church-Workers. Dedicated To The 'Church Society' Of St. Paul's, Haggerston" by Samuel John Stone
Who says thy day is o'er? Control,
My heart, that bitter first emotion;
While men shall reverence the steadfast soul,
The heart in silent self-devotion
Breaking, the mild, heroic mien,
Thou'lt need no prop of marble, Lamartine.
"To Lamartine" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Admittedly she is a very good businesswoman and self-promoter, but her unrelenting self-reverence garners disdain from these quarters.