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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR 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!

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.

Mention some ways in which this commandment is broken with respect to self.

I call on you, dear Alicia, for congratulations: I am my own self, gay and triumphant!

These men were as forlorn and miserable as my self, death grinning in our faces at every turn.

"Nobody ever opposed Eudora Yates except her own self," replied Abby.

(b) A subjection of her self, her appetites and will to her husband and his will.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

Its use in compounds to form reflective pronouns grew out of independent use in Old English. As a noun from early 14c.

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