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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.
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Adv.1.self-consciously - in an uncomfortably self-conscious manner; "the little girl self-consciously recited the poem"
unselfconsciously - in a comfortable unselfconscious manner; "they were naked, unshy, and unselfconsciously beautiful"
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[ˌselfˈkɒnʃəslɪ] ADVcohibidamente, tímidamente
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(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
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Porthos looked over his shoulder very self-consciously, and the rabbit at first slowly and then in a flash withdrew.
Peter tried hard not to look too self-consciously delighted.
"You don't mean anything I did?" said I, self-consciously, for I began to see that this was what he did mean.
They did not like to be included in the same lot, but they both smiled a little self-consciously, and Arthur and Terence glanced at each other too.
Even if the songs are agreeably and suitably inspirational, the lyrics are couched in language that's too verbose and self-consciously 'serious' to make the grade as a song for child performers.
A couple of graffiti kids with the social engagement of well-meaning teens express themselves in the Colombian city of Cali in "Los hongos," Oscar Ruiz Navia's likable, much-anticipated follow-up to "Crab Trap." Less self-consciously arty than his debut, this is a generally appealing mix of docu-realism with impressionistic scenes (the helmer calls it a "documentary dream"), though its didactic passages highlighting political problems stop the action cold, and the final section throws narrative discipline out the window.
As many have done before me, I took the photos away and then quietly and a little self-consciously had a sneak look at them - and then compared them with the passport photo taken 10 years earlier.
Analyzing novels by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Sherwood Anderson, and Nathanael West, the book demonstrates that sentimental language changes but remains powerful, even in works by authors who self-consciously write against the sentimental tradition.
He self-consciously noted "I truly am fasting," a reference to Ramadan, during which Muslims are supposed to abstain from food, liquids, smoking, sex and even kissing -- which some people couple with the sex and food part -- during daylight.
THE VERDICT This self-consciously clever rom-com tries to mock the genre but, despite being sexy and fun, is another variation on the theme.
Admittedly, sometimes it feels almost self-consciously odd, but better that than dull.
It is written a bit self-consciously about the authors own cat.

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