esteem

Esteem is all about respect and admiration. If you have high self-esteem, it means you like yourself. When you say, "My esteemed colleagues," you are saying you have nothing but the highest respect for them.

Esteem derives from the same Latin word that gives us estimate, and back in the day, esteem, like estimate meant "to assess, or judge the value of something." That sense lingers today. When you say you hold someone in high esteem, it means you give them a high value. Unless you're a politician, in which case, when you say, "I hold my opponent in high esteem," you are most likely to follow that statement with a big "But...."

Primary Meanings of esteem

1.
nv
the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
regard highly; think much of
2.
v
look on as or consider
Full Definitions of esteem
1

n the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)

“it is held in esteem
Synonyms:
regard, respect
Antonyms:
disesteem
the state in which esteem has been lost
Types:
stature
high level of respect gained by impressive development or achievement
Type of:
honor, honour, laurels
the state of being honored

n an attitude of admiration or esteem

Synonyms:
regard, respect
Antonyms:
disrespect
a disrespectful mental attitude
Types:
estimate, estimation
the respect with which a person is held
report, reputation
the general estimation that the public has for a person
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n a feeling of delighted approval and liking

Synonyms:
admiration
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Anglophilia
admiration for Britain and British customs
hero worship
admiration for great men (or their memory)
philhellenism
admiration for Greece and the Greeks and Greek customs
philogyny
admiration for women
Type of:
liking
a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment

v regard highly; think much of

Synonyms:
prise, prize, respect, value
Antonyms:
disesteem, disrespect
have little or no respect for; hold in contempt
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think the world of
esteem very highly
fear, revere, reverence, venerate
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
admire, look up to
feel admiration for
enshrine, saint
hold sacred
worship
show devotion to (a deity)
envy
feel envious towards; admire enviously
Type of:
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
2

v look on as or consider

Synonyms:
look on, look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, think of
Type of:
believe, conceive, consider, think
judge or regard; look upon; judge

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