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[th uh m-self, th em-] /ðəmˈsɛlf, ˌðɛm-/
pronoun, Nonstandard.
The kids began laughing at themself. Everyone who got the right answer can congratulate themself. The teacher introduced themself to the class.
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Usage note
Themself has a long history of use in English and more recently has been adopted as the reflexive pronoun referring back to a singular gender-neutral antecedent, similar to the use of singular they. However, the pronoun themself is not considered to be standard English. A more acceptable alternative is the plural pronoun themselves, though its use with a singular antecedent is rejected as ungrammatical by some people. See also they. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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