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aikido a system of self-defense, originating in Japan, in which an opponent's strength and weight are used against him or her by using specific throws and holds.
amour-propre (French) self-love; self-esteem.
aplomb great self-confidence, composure, or poise.
arrogant having or displaying an attitude of inflated self-importance or pride. [1/2 definitions]
ascetic one who practices extreme self-denial, esp. of material comforts and pleasures, and esp. for religious reasons. [3 definitions]
asceticism self-discipline and self-denial as a means of spiritual improvement. [1/2 definitions]
assurance freedom from doubt or timidity; self-confidence. [1/3 definitions]
autarky a national policy of economic self-sufficiency, involving not relying on economic aid or on imports. [2 definitions]
autodidact a person who is self-taught at something.
autogamy in botany, self-fertilization, as of a flower with its own pollen. [2 definitions]
automatic mechanically self-regulating. [1/4 definitions]
automobile a four-wheeled vehicle with a built-in, self-propelled motor requiring a driver and used on roads to carry people; passenger car.
autonomous free and independent, as a state or an organism; self-governing.
autonomy freedom and independence; self-governance. [2 definitions]
axiomatic of, relating to, or resembling an axiom; unquestionably true; self-evident. [1/2 definitions]
bashful timid or self-conscious in the presence of others; shy. [1/2 definitions]
bathyscaph a small, self-contained deep-sea research submarine with a spherical observation chamber mounted under the hull.
beatnik a person whose values, self-expression, and dress reflect a rejection of conventional norms of thought and behavior; hippie. [1/2 definitions]
biofeedback a method for self-regulation of presumably involuntary bodily functions, such as heartbeat rate, with the aid of electronic monitors that display visual representations of such functions.
blush to become red in the face as an involuntary expression of shame, confusion, or other self-conscious discomfort. [1/7 definitions]
bombardier beetle any of several beetles that spray an acrid, irritating fluid from the abdomen as a method of self-defense.