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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SELFCONSCIOUSNESS

Of "Aunt Susan's" really remarkable lack of selfconsciousness we who worked close to her had a thousand extraordinary examples.

When these unselfconscious fellows are startled into selfconsciousness, I fancy they take it hard.

He lays bare his heart with a candor not possible to the selfconsciousness that inevitably colors premeditated revelation.

Bud's face had been red and embarrassed when he began, but his earnestness served to erase his selfconsciousness.

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.