from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- pro. That one identical with her:
- pro. Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or as the object of a preposition: She bought herself a new car. She sculpted a likeness of herself.
- pro. Used for emphasis: She herself was certain of the facts.
- pro. Used in an absolute construction: In office herself, she helped him get a job.
- pro. Her normal or healthy condition or state: She's feeling herself again.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- pro. her; the female object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
- pro. she; an intensive repetition of the female subject, often used to indicate the exclusiveness of that person as the only satisfier of the predicate
- pro. A self-important female
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- pro. An emphasized form of the third person feminine pronoun; -- used as a subject with she; ; also used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case
- pro. Her own proper, true, or real character; hence, her right, or sane, mind
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An emphasized or reflexive form of the third personal pronoun, feminine, corresponding in all uses to himself.
An Irish paper, in noticing a coroner's inquest on a young woman who had drowned herself, says, the jury, after an hour's deliberation, brought in a verdict of _wilful murder against herself_.
Even Minna in misfortune would have allowed herself to be persuaded either to increase or to assuage the misfortune of her friend through herself .
After that perhaps you won't believe that our neighbour, Madame Tchepuz, Elena Antonovna, told me herself, mind _herself_, that she had murdered her nephew? '
Henry, when the little girl held the geraniums up to him, observed, that the back of her hand was bruised and black; he asked her how she had hurt herself, and she replied innocently, "that she had not hurt _herself_, but that her schoolmistress was a very _strict_ woman."
The furnishing of the house Mrs. Bettesworth took upon herself; and Sally _took upon herself_ to find fault with every article that her mother bought.
- Mrs. Milles flatters herself falsely; it has never been Mrs. Rice's wish to have her son settled near herself-& there is now a hope entertained of her relenting in favour of Deane.
V. v.220 (297,9) the temple/Of virtue was she; yea, and she herself] That is, She was not only _the temple of virtue_, but _virtue herself_.
It may well be that Nurse Chaplin herself is amongst those for whom the symbol does not represent an opposition to our very way of life.
I guess Palin herself is sexist since she willingly posed for that shot.
She says she thinks people who call her a chav are "racist" but uses the word herself all the time.