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[ahr-self, ouuh r-, ou-er-] /ɑrˈsɛlf, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-/
one's own person, individuality, etc., considered as private and apart from others:
It is for ourself that we should strive for greater knowledge.
(a form corresponding to ourselves, used of a single person, especially in the regal or formal style, as we for I):
We have taken unto ourself such powers as may be necessary.
Origin of ourself
1300-50; Middle English oure self; see our, self
Usage note
See myself. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We got behind the rock,” said Don Gaspar, “but we think to ourself our goose is cook.

    Gold Stewart White
  • This conversion arises from the relation of objects to ourself.

  • Never having seen or heard of the feat before, Nix and ourself were what the ancient Greeks used to call flabbergasterd.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
  • Some light or shade of life projects before us the outline of ourself.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • On the one side is ourself, on the other all the rest of things.

    Ancient Art and Ritual Jane Ellen Harrison
  • Last fall in Wooster, Ohio, we were kindly provided with a room to ourself.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
  • ourself is intimately present to us, and whatever is related to self must partake of that quality.

  • One is, we should love God; the other is to love our neighbor as ourself.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • We ourself, just as much as Shelley, enjoy visiting ships, and have had some surprising adventures in so doing.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
  • The oddities of this person do not amuse us any the less because he happens to be ourself.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for ourself


(archaic) a variant of myself, formerly used by monarchs or editors in formal contexts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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