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John had a sensation of self-consciousness when he heard the word "wife."

In fact, in his self-consciousness, Hamish a little overdid it.

He backed away, stiff-legged with self-consciousness, and tried to go around her.

He had the finest absence of self-consciousness that I ever saw.

Vere was almost as divinely free from self-consciousness as her father had been.

"Oh, but I have," Janet insisted, forgetting her self-consciousness for the moment.

He discussed the most intimate matters with a complete lack of self-consciousness.

There was not a sign of self-consciousness or embarrassment in her face or manner.

All this was said in a tone of soliloquy, without a trace of self-consciousness.

Girl gets into her teens, and her self-consciousness is born.

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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