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selfsame

[self-seym, -seym]
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adjective
  1. being the very same; identical.
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Origin of selfsame

1375–1425; late Middle English selve same; see self, same; cognate with Danish selvsamme, Old High German selbsama
Related formsself·same·ness, noun

Synonyms

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exact, very, same.
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Examples from the Web for selfsame

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Historical Examples

  • They were pilgrims travelling the selfsame road as you were.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • But, I take it, there are scores of fellows who have had the selfsame experiences.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • It was these selfsame, dull, monotonous chambers which Walter occupied.

    The Doctor of Pimlico

    William Le Queux

  • Just what they sang over her, and the selfsame youths must do it.

  • Might not another, others even, have read the selfsame words?


British Dictionary definitions for selfsame

selfsame

adjective
  1. (prenominal) the very same
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Word Origin and History for selfsame

"identical," early 15c., from self + same. Written as two words until c.1600.

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