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esteem

negative or positive evaluation of individual qualities or performance (compare STATUS). The term is sometimes used synonymously with STATUS, sense 2 , but the preferred usage is to preserve the distinct meanings in which ‘esteem’ has a reference only to individual qualities and performance, while 'S tatus’ usually relates to systems of SOCIAL STRATIFICATION or CLASS.
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My dear sir, a man of such noble aspirations is worthy of all esteem by virtue of those aspirations alone.
MERCURY ONCE DETERMINED to learn in what esteem he was held among mortals.
Further, he ought to entertain the people with festivals and spectacles at convenient seasons of the year; and as every city is divided into guilds or into societies,[*] he ought to hold such bodies in esteem, and associate with them sometimes, and show himself an example of courtesy and liberality; nevertheless, always maintaining the majesty of his rank, for this he must never consent to abate in anything.
The book treats of the weakness of human kind, and is in little esteem, except among the women and the vulgar.