self-conscious

[ self-kon-shuh s, self- ]SEE DEFINITION OF self-conscious
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In this vast but connected universe we are not the only self-conscious beings.

The boy drew himself up with a self-conscious air as he replied.

This power, the army, was organized in the council and was self-conscious.

But the bulk of the players, though all were earnest and fervent, were clumsy or self-conscious.

If she hadn't been self-conscious she would never have said such a thing as that.

Nowadays, alas, we start off self-conscious, with sex in the head.

Fight your wife out of her own self-conscious preoccupation with herself.

This is what is happening in the West, in our self-conscious and critical age.

Just then their eyes met, and Frank coloured a little, as if self-conscious.

We are all absurd; but we are not all artists, because we are not all self-conscious.

WORD ORIGIN

1680s, "aware of one's action," a word of the English Enlightenment (Locke was using it by 1690), from self- + conscious. Morbid sense of "preoccupied with one's own personality" is attested from 1834 (in J.S. Mill). Related: Self-consciously; self-consciousness.

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