- 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.
Origin of self
Other definitions for self (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE SELF-
What does self- mean?
Self– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “self,” in a variety of senses. Often, it is used to mean “of the self,” “independent,” or “automatic.” In many instances, it is separated from the second element with a hyphen, as in self-government. It is often used in a variety of everyday and technical terms.
Self– comes from Old English self, meaning “self.”
Examples of self-
One example of a term that you have likely encountered that features the form self– is selfish, “devoted to or caring only for oneself.”
We know self– means “self,” and the –ish portion of the word means “inclined or tending to,” from Old English –isc. Selfish literally means to “inclined or tending to the self.”
What are some words that use the combining form self-?
- selfsame (using the equivalent form of self– in Middle English)
What are some other forms that self– may be commonly confused with?
How to use self in a sentence
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.
For someone with anorexia, self-starvation makes them feel better.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I went into the audition as Fericito, the Venezuelan percussionist, and then I did a self-defense expert.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those who come to the Dinner Party are self-selecting; they do want to talk about it.
Let the thought of self pass in, and the beauty of great action is gone, like the bloom from a soiled flower.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.Children's Ways|James Sully
At present, Louis was too self-absorbed by the struggles within him, to look deep into what was passing around him.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
But to wave this discourse of Heathens, how many self-contradicting principles are there held among Christians?
Jean grinned and dribbled self-consciously, and showed his two little teeth to the proudest father in the world.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke