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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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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There are besides two other states, a democracy and an oligarchy, one of which all speak of, and it is always esteemed a species of the four sorts; and thus they reckon them up; a monarchy, an oligarchy, a democracy, and this fourth which they call an aristocracy.
"My dear sir, a man of such noble aspirations is worthy of all esteem by virtue of those aspirations alone."
After Ring had been with the King for some days the latter began to think there was a great deal in him, and esteemed him more than the others.
Nothing makes a prince so much esteemed as great enterprises and setting a fine example.
The book treats of the weakness of human kind, and is in little esteem, except among the women and the vulgar.
I had been taught all that others learned there; and not contented with the sciences actually taught us, I had, in addition, read all the books that had fallen into my hands, treating of such branches as are esteemed the most curious and rare.
Fouquet's tailor, and that the superintendent highly esteemed him.
I was wrong to forget myself and you, as I did; but let me implore you to forget and forgive my rash presumption, and think of me as if those words had never been spoken; for, believe me, I regret them deeply, and the loss of your esteem is too severe a penalty: I cannot bear it.'
"I have never yet known what it was to separate esteem and love."
This Jenny Jones was no very comely girl, either in her face or person; but nature had somewhat compensated the want of beauty with what is generally more esteemed by those ladies whose judgment is arrived at years of perfect maturity, for she had given her a very uncommon share of understanding.
It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest, and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience, and much esteemed in the world,' she spoke to him in a friendly way.
In his humble sphere he was esteemed an honest man, although like many of his class in English towns he was somewhat addicted to drink.