noun, plural selves.
- the ego; that which knows, remembers, desires, suffers, etc., as contrasted with that known, remembered, etc.
- the uniting principle, as a soul, underlying all subjective experience.
pronoun, plural selves.
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of self
Definition for self (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for self
“The journey of the show is towards a sense of self: the who you are in public and the who you are inside,” he says.
Both followed wars; people were tired of idealism and self-sacrifice and were determined to enjoy a self- indulgent materialism.
Kelly began the segment calling Nolan a “self radicalized” Muslim, inferring that his horrific crime was connected to Islam.
There may even be a part of him that he himself does not recognize, a second self that is capable of otherwise repugnant violence.
Asked what he would say to his 8-year-old self if he was granted use of the Tardis.Doctor Who’s ‘Deep Breath’: The 2,000-Year-Old Time Lord Grows Up|Nico Hines|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why, was it not your honour's self that sent us after these salvages?Hansford: A Tale of Bacon's Rebellion|St. George Tucker
In the former case, action has to contribute profit or security or consolation to a self.
One can almost hear a eulogist winding himself up to strike his eulogy that comes out sententious, pompous, and full of self.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
I was frightened, and when one is frightened one does not stop to reason with one's self.Original Short Stories, Volume 10 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
If selfhood as such is a bad thing, the blame lies not with the self but with the universe, with providence.
British Dictionary definitions for self (1 of 2)
noun plural selves (sɛlvz)
Word Origin for self
British Dictionary definitions for self (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for self
Old English self, seolf, sylf "one's own person, -self; own, same," from Proto-Germanic *selbaz (cf. Old Norse sjalfr, Old Frisian self, Dutch zelf, Old High German selb, German selb, selbst, Gothic silba), Proto-Germanic *selbaz "self," from PIE *sel-bho-, suffixed form of root *s(w)e-, pronoun of the third person and reflexive (referring back to the subject of a sentence), also used in forms denoting the speaker's social group, "(we our-)selves" (see idiom).
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. [Alan Watts]
Its use in compounds to form reflective pronouns grew out of independent use in Old English. As a noun from early 14c.