- the “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishing itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought.
- Psychoanalysis. the part of the psychic apparatus that experiences and reacts to the outside world and thus mediates between the primitive drives of the id and the demands of the social and physical environment.
- egotism; conceit; self-importance: Her ego becomes more unbearable each day.
- self-esteem or self-image; feelings: Your criticism wounded his ego.
- (often initial capital letter) Philosophy.
- the enduring and conscious element that knows experience.
- Scholasticism.the complete person comprising both body and soul.
- Ethnology. a person who serves as the central reference point in the study of organizational and kinship relationships.
Origin of ego
Examples from the Web for ego
All I had in those days was a monstrous lack of ego which therefore required huge injections of actorly ego and misled people.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
So any response has to make him hurt, personally; it has to puncture his ego, his pride.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
The injuries, she says, “Are driven by ego and lack of judgment.”Inside the Cult of CrossFit
May 30, 2014
She derives no sexual pleasure from her dominatrix gig, she says, but still likes “the arousal of the ego.”Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism?
May 22, 2014
Self-promotion improves the self for McCarthy, but how effective, and healthy, is this inflation of the ego?It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’
April 28, 2014
He appeared to be somewhat infatuated with his own personality, with his ego, but that did not matter to me.My Double Life
Yes, he could—if he could "tune in" on his higher consciousness, or ego.
I am old who once was young, but ego in Arcadia fui and I have not forgotten.Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
The brute has only an obscure sort of ego, illumined by no moral light.Napoleon the Little
He overthrew the classical ideal of art, and enthroned the ego in its room.A History of French Literature
- the self of an individual person; the conscious subject
- psychoanal the conscious mind, based on perception of the environment from birth onwards: responsible for modifying the antisocial instincts of the id and itself modified by the conscience (superego)
- one's image of oneself; moraleto boost one's ego
- egotism; conceit
Word Origin and History for ego
1714, as a term in metaphysics, from Latin ego "I" (cognate with Old English ic, see I). Psychoanalytic sense is from 1894; sense of "conceit" is 1891. Ego trip first recorded 1969.
In the book of Egoism it is written, Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity. [George Meredith, "The Egoist," 1879]
- In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and mediates between the person and external reality.