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1. Aware of oneself as an individual or of one's own being, actions, or thoughts.
2. Socially ill at ease: The self-conscious teenager sat alone during lunch.
3. Excessively conscious of one's appearance or manner: The self-conscious actor kept fixing his hair.
4. Showing the effects of self-consciousness; stilted: self-conscious prose.

self′-con′scious·ly adv.
self′-con′scious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-consciousness - embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of youself-consciousness - embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you
embarrassment - the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
2.self-consciousness - self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you
self-awareness - awareness of your own individuality
unselfconsciousness - the quality of being not self-conscious; unawareness of yourself or of others' views of yourself; "he had the unselfconsciousness of a child"


[ˌselfˈkɒnʃəsnɪs] Ntimidez f, inseguridad f


[ˌsɛlfˈkɒnʃəsnɪs] ndisagio, imbarazzo


(selfˈkonʃəs) adjective
too easily becoming shy or embarrassed when in the presence of others. She'll never be a good teacher – she's too self-conscious.
ˈself-ˈconsciously adverb
ˌself-ˈconsciousness noun
References in classic literature ?
At first, on sitting down to table, we had grown momentarily shy, with one of those sudden freaks of self-consciousness which occasionally surprise one, when, midway in some slightly unconventional situation to which the innocence of nature has led us, we realise it--"for an instant and no more.
If the consciousness of freedom were not a separate and independent source of self-consciousness it would be subject to reasoning and to experience, but in fact such subjection does not exist and is inconceivable.
He discussed the most intimate matters with a complete lack of self-consciousness.
He knew love, sorrow, joy, wrath, pride, self-consciousness, humour.
She was ready and willing and never shy; but she sought for no chances of display and was, indeed, remarkably lacking in self-consciousness, as well as eager to bring others into whatever fun or entertainment there was.
Also, at times, when his god looked at him and spoke to him, he betrayed an awkward self-consciousness, caused by the struggle of his love to express itself and his physical inability to express it.
His imagination and the books he had read had inspired in him a desire for the Byronic attitude; and he was torn between a morbid self-consciousness and a conviction that he owed it to himself to be gallant.
Shyness simply means extreme sensibility, and has nothing whatever to do with self-consciousness or with conceit, though its relationship to both is continually insisted upon by the poll-parrot school of philosophy.
A rush of self-consciousness told him that he was besotted to have said all this.
Casaubon had never had a strong bodily frame, and his soul was sensitive without being enthusiastic: it was too languid to thrill out of self-consciousness into passionate delight; it went on fluttering in the swampy ground where it was hatched, thinking of its wings and never flying.
She felt sure that the significance of the whole occurrence had lain in her own self-consciousness.
A difficulty of arranging their lips in this crude exposure to public scrutiny, an inability to balance their heads, and to dissociate self-consciousness from their features, was apparent in them, and showed that they were genuine country girls, unaccustomed to many eyes.

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