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
Related Words for selfmyself, character, individuality, person, ego, identity, personality, automatic, ascetic, narcissism, personal, egocentrism, psyche, individual, substantive, individualization, autonomous, narcissistic, subjective, autogenous
Examples from the Web for self
Contemporary Examples of 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.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
Both followed wars; people were tired of idealism and self-sacrifice and were determined to enjoy a self- indulgent materialism.How Rock and Roll Killed Jim Crow
October 26, 2014
Kelly began the segment calling Nolan a “self radicalized” Muslim, inferring that his horrific crime was connected to Islam.Megyn Kelly’s Really Scary Muslim
October 5, 2014
It is love for the self and community that often fuels black rage.How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List
August 23, 2014
There may even be a part of him that he himself does not recognize, a second self that is capable of otherwise repugnant violence.Haruki Murakami's Weird, Wonderful World
August 15, 2014
Historical Examples of self
And when that reason offers, is it not just to express one's self accordingly?
Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self.
Why, inside two weeks he'll be fit as a fiddle, and inside a month he'll be his own self!Way of the Lawless
As to some of the others, I cannot wonder at any thing they do, or attempt to do, where self is concerned.
It is little use telling one's self that one's fear is silly.Weighed and Wanting
noun plural selves (sɛlvz)
Word Origin 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.
word forming element indicating "oneself," also "automatic," from Old English use of self (pron.) in compounds, e.g. selfbana "suicide," selflice "self-love, pride, vanity, egotism," selfwill "free will."