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[ahr-self, ouuh r-, ou-er-]
  1. one's own person, individuality, etc., considered as private and apart from others: It is for ourself that we should strive for greater knowledge.
  2. (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.
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Origin of ourself

1300–50; Middle English oure self; see our, self

Usage note

See myself.
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Examples from the Web for ourself

Historical Examples

  • So that all we can do is to define the cyclist in terms of ourself.

    Fantasia of the Unconscious

    D. H. Lawrence

  • For in the act of articulating to ourself the definite thought "I am I" we are using our will.

    The Complex Vision

    John Cowper Powys

  • And, as the said letters did not come to ourself, we make you no answer.

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

  • Some light or shade of life projects before us the outline of ourself.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

British Dictionary definitions for ourself


  1. archaic a variant of myself, formerly used by monarchs or editors in formal contexts
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