Definitions of self

  1. your consciousness of your own identity
  2. used as a combining form; relating to-- of or by or to or from or for-- the self; " self- knowledge"; " self- proclaimed"; " self- induced"
  3. a person considered as a unique individual; " one's own self"
  4. combining form; oneself or itself; " self- control"
  5. Having its own or a single nature or character, as in color, composition, etc., without addition or change; unmixed; as, a self bow, one made from a single piece of wood; self flower or plant, one which is wholly of one color; self- colored.
  6. Same; particular; very; identical.
  7. The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the possessor of capacities and character; a person as a distinct individual; a being regarded as having personality.
  8. Hence, personal interest, or love of private interest; selfishness; as, self is his whole aim.
  9. Personification; embodiment.
  10. The conscious portion of the personality structure which serves to mediate between the demands of the primitive instinctual drives, ( the id), of internalized parental and social prohibitions or the conscience, ( the superego), and of reality.
  11. One's own person or character; personality; one's own private interest; as, a person who lives for self is unhappy.
  12. Same or very: used in composition, as in selfsame.
  13. One's own person: one's personal interest: selfishness: a flower or blossom of a uniform color, especially one without an edging or border distinct from the ground color:- pl. SELVES ( selvz).
  14. Very: particular: one's own.
  15. Self is the first element in innumerable compounds, generally of obvious meaning, in most of which it denotes either the agent or the object of the action expressed by the word with which it is joined, or the person on behalf of whom it is performed, or the person or thing to, for, or towards whom or which a quality, attribute, or feeling expressed by the following word, belongs, is directed, or is exerted, or from which it proceeds; or it denotes the subject of, or object affected by, such action, quality, attribute, feeling, and the like.
  16. One's own person or interest; selfishness.
  17. Same; particular; identical.
  18. An individual considered as the subject of his own consciousness; a distinct personality.
  19. Personal advantage or gain.
  20. One's own person; personal interest; selfishness.
  21. Very; particular; same; united by present usage to certain personal pronouns and pronominal adjectives to express emphasis or distinction, as myself, himself, & c.

Quotes of self

  1. Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self -determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. – John Adams
  2. Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self -control which enhances our self -respect. – Bruno Bettelheim
  3. There is some self -interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self -interests. This is a bitter truth. – Chanakya
  4. The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it. – Lord Chesterfield
  5. The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American narcissistic obsession with what's going on with the self that's the general thing people are talking about. – Stanley Crouch
  6. Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self – George Eliot
  7. When it is working, you completely go into another place, you're tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self That's what it's all about. – Keith Haring
  8. For the state by its nature claims sovereignty, the right to an unlimited development of power, determined only by self -interest. It is by nature anarchistic. – Christian Lous Lange
  9. Self -preservation, nature's first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe. – Andrew Marvell
  10. Self -respect is nothing to hide behind. When you need it most it isn't there. – May Sarton
  11. If we can but tear the blindfold of self -deception from our eyes and loosen the gag of self -denial from our voices, we can restore our country to greatness. – Theodore C. Sorensen
  12. My interest lies in my self -expression- what's inside of me- not what I'm in. – John Turturro
  13. Self -professed conservatives comprise about 40% to 45% of the electorate. – Paul Weyrich
  14. Many people feel their outer self isn't the whole self – Jeanette Winterson

Usage examples for self

  1. And I done it to save my own mis'able self – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  2. And he was a self humouring gentleman. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. Did she seem her usual self at the start of the scene? – The Film Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve
  4. Rosemary put the book down, face to face at last with self knowledge. – Master of the Vineyard by Myrtle Reed
  5. Very naturally; but you can keep your self yet, I trust. – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  6. We often hear of " self made men." – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn
  7. He is quite different when he is his own self only nobody can understand. – Chantry House by Charlotte M. Yonge
  8. A woman can set her foot above her dead self as well as a man. – Rose of Dutcher's Coolly by Hamlin Garland
  9. Madam, for my self I care not, but am much concern'd for you. – The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6) by Aphra Behn
  10. There was not a trace of self pity or self love about her. – The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men" by Minnie L. Carpenter
  11. " You'll be your own natural sweet self Zoe? – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  12. And he had learned since that she loved no one but her own self – A Little Girl in Old Quebec by Amanda Millie Douglas
  13. I think so,- for your real self – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  14. " I'm going to be just my old self again- nothing more. – Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) by Frederick William Robinson
  15. When that's done, when the mind is given up to the body, then you somehow forget your own self and think only of the other. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  16. His self confidence carried him through everything. – The Dweller on the Threshold by Robert Smythe Hichens
  17. Also my humble self ready to be your right- hand man. – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  18. Out here, there's no object in being anything but one's self – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  19. It was this self love that ruined both Lucifer and Adam, and stripped them of the divine love and life with which they were once adorned. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  20. You made Betty your other self – Bye-Ways by Robert Smythe Hichens