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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SELFCONSCIOUS

They were selfconscious, and felt that they were in a silly situation.

Andrews could hear the selfconscious breathing of the men about him, and the rustling of the snow against the tin roof.

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.