from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Freudian theory, the division of the unconscious that is formed through the internalization of moral standards of parents and society, and that censors and restrains the ego.
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- n. The part of the mind that acts as a self-critical conscience, reflecting social standards that have been learned.
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- n. (psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience
New Latin (translation of German Überich : über-, over, above + Ich, ego a special use of ich, I, as a psychoanalytic term) : Latin super-, super- + New Latin ego, ego; see ego.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
super + ego, from earlier form super-ego, calqued after German Über-Ich, from über- ("super-") + Ich ("ego"), from the pronoun ich ("I"). (Wiktionary)