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thyself

[th ahy-self] /ðaɪˈsɛlf/
pronoun
1.
an emphatic appositive to thou or thee.
2.
a substitute for reflexive thee.
Origin of thyself
900
before 900; Middle English thi self (see thy, self (noun)); replacing Old English thē self (see thee, self (adj.))
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  • “Vex not thyself,” said the old dame, as she saw him struggling with his sobs.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "And therefore the worst of foemen to thyself," said Alleyne.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Beware of taking to thyself a wife for the sake of her portion.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • I couldn't help it, though; Thou knows, thyself, I couldn't.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Balla-whaine would belong to thyself, sir, if every one had his rights.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • "No need to fear his knowing of this unless, thyself, thou tell him," she answered.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • To thee I need no excuse if thou'lt but remember that like thyself I was not born a Muslim.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Since for thyself thou dost not want her, why dost thou thwart me?

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • "As soon as the service of Allah and thyself require," was the prompt answer.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Cease thinking of thyself, and rise up and think only of God.

    The Romance of the Soul Lilian Staveley
British Dictionary definitions for thyself

thyself

/ðaɪˈsɛlf/
pronoun (archaic)
1.
  1. the reflexive form of thou1 , thee
  2. (intensifier): thou, thyself, wouldst know
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Word Origin and History for thyself
pron.

Middle English þi-self, from Old English þe self; see thy + self. One word from 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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