noun, plural selves [selvz]. /sɛlvz/.
- 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)
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“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.