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oneself

[wuhn-self, wuhnz-]
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pronoun
  1. a person's self (used for emphasis or reflexively): One often hurts oneself accidentally.
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Idioms
  1. be oneself,
    1. to be in one's normal state of mind or physical condition.
    2. to be unaffected and sincere: One makes more friends by being oneself than by putting on airs.
  2. by oneself,
    1. without a companion; alone.
    2. through one's own efforts; unaided: to become a millionaire by oneself.
  3. come to oneself,
    1. Also come to.to regain consciousness.
    2. to regain one's self-possession; come to one's senses.
    Also come to one's self.
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Also Archaic, one's self.

Origin of oneself

First recorded in 1540–50; shortened form of one's self
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Related Words for oneself

myself, character, individuality, person, ego, identity, personality, narcissism, personal, egocentrism, psyche, individual, substantive, individualization, identical, own, selfhood, oneself, proprium

Examples from the Web for oneself

Contemporary Examples of oneself

Historical Examples of oneself

  • One could think of oneself as knowing God, and be aware of no forcing of the note.

  • From savages one cannot expect too much, not even from oneself.

  • There is no more reason to believe in oneself than in the external world.

  • For oneself, yes—but for others who suffer and don't believe!

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Only one keeps it in, one does not make an exhibition of oneself.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for oneself

oneself

pronoun
    1. the reflexive form of one (def. 20), one (def. 21)
    2. (intensifier)one doesn't do that oneself
  1. (preceded by a copula) one's normal or usual selfone doesn't feel oneself after such an experience
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Word Origin and History for oneself

1540s, one's self. Hyphenated 18c.; written as one word from c.1827, on model of himself, itself, etc.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with oneself

oneself

see avail (oneself) of; be oneself; beside oneself; burn (oneself) out; by oneself; cover one's ass (oneself); crank (oneself) up; do oneself in; excuse me (oneself); exert oneself; explain oneself; express oneself; fall all over (oneself); feel like oneself; find oneself; flatter oneself; fling oneself at; forget oneself; full of oneself; get a grip on (oneself); give a good account of oneself; give of oneself; give (oneself) away; give oneself up; have oneself; hear oneself think; help oneself; keep to oneself; kick oneself; knock oneself out; law unto oneself; lay (oneself) open; leave (oneself) open; let (oneself) go; live with (oneself); lose oneself in; make a laughingstock of oneself; make a name for oneself; make an exhibition of oneself; make a nuisance of oneself; make a pig of oneself; make oneself at home; make oneself scarce; not oneself; paint oneself into a corner; plume oneself; pride oneself on; pull oneself together; pull oneself up; put oneself out; relieve oneself; repeat oneself; shift for oneself; shoot oneself in the foot; spread oneself too thin; suit oneself; sure of oneself; take it upon oneself; throw oneself at; tie oneself in knots; trouble one's head (oneself) about.

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