from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual: "An actor's instrument is the self” ( Joan Juliet Buck).
- n. The essential qualities distinguishing one person from another; individuality: "He would walk a little first along the southern walls, shed his European self, fully enter this world” ( Howard Kaplan).
- n. One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego: "For some of us, the self's natural doubts are given in mesmerizing amplification by way of critics' negative assessments of our writing” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
- n. One's own interests, welfare, or advantage: thinking of self alone.
- n. Immunology That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body: tissues no longer recognized as self.
- pro. Myself, yourself, himself, or herself: a living wage for self and family.
- adj. Of the same character throughout.
- adj. Of the same material as the article with which it is used: a dress with a self belt.
- adj. Obsolete Same or identical.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- pro. Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).
- pro. Myself.
- n. An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness.
- adj. same
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Same; particular; very; identical.
- adj. Having its own or a single nature or character, as in color, composition, etc., without addition or change; unmixed.
- n. 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.
- n. Hence, personal interest, or love of private interest; selfishness.
- n. Personification; embodiment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same; identical; very same; very.
- Own; personal.
- Single; simple; plain; unmixed with any other: particularly noting colors: as, self-colored.
- A pronominal element affixed to certain personal pronouns and pronominal adjectives to express emphasis or distinction, or to denote a reflexive use.
- n. A person in his relations to that very same person. Self differs from ego as being always relative to a particular individual, and as referring to that person in all his relations to himself and not merely as given in consciousness.
- n. A thing or class of things, or an attribute or other abstraction, considered as precisely distinguished from all others: as, the separation of church and state is urged in the interest of religion's self.
- n. Personal interest and benefit; one's own private advantage.
- n. In horticulture, a flower with its natural plain color; a self-colored flower, as distinguished from one which has become “rectified” or variegated. Compare self-colored.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person considered as a unique individual
- n. your consciousness of your own identity
- adj. (used as a combining form) relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self
If the temporary coalition of conscious states that is winning at the moment is what I am, is the self, each temporal chunk of ˜self™ is likely to be found in different parts of the brain from other such chunks and there will be many NCCs of unified consciousness in many different places.
The impossibility of defining objects in terms of relativity to a finite self, conducts dialectically to the conception of the _absolute self_.
The means for this suppression of self _depends entirely on the development of the consciousness of self_.
 I mean by the "lower self," not the animal base of one's existence, but the ordinary self _claiming to be the true self_, and so rising in rebellion against its lawful lord.
It all depends on what the man is _within_ himself, his intrinsic character, his _real self_; and no matter where he goes, that character, that self, goes with him.
Does it not mean a deeper heart, the heart of your own self, not of your body? of the _self_ that suffers, not pain, but misery? of the self whose end is not comfort, or enjoyment, but blessedness, yea, ecstasy?
What a contrast have we often thought he presents to some whose physiognomy looks like a piece of harsh handwriting, in which we can decipher nothing but _self, self, self_; who seem, both at home and abroad, to be always on the watch against any infringement of their dignity.
* Goes to kill self, realises there's not even enough money to buy rope to hang self*
*unstiks self frum ceiling, drops, unharmd, onto carpit; begins grooming self*
**tellz self tu leeve sum fur odders** **ignoars self** Nom nom nom!
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