from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • pronoun That one identical with it.
  • pronoun Used reflexively as the direct or indirect object of a verb or the object of a preposition.
  • pronoun Used for emphasis.
  • pronoun Used in an absolute construction.
  • pronoun Its normal or healthy condition or state.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • The neuter pronoun corresponding to himself, herself. (See himself.) Its emphatic and reflexive uses are like those of himself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • pronoun The neuter reflexive pronoun of it

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • pronoun reflexive it; A thing as the object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
  • pronoun emphatic it; used to intensify the subject, especially to emphasize that it is the only participant in the predicate


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  • For if itself were a bad self to begin with all such advance of _itself_ would only make it worse.

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  • For the customary morality, that which education and opinion have consecrated, is the only one which presents itself to the mind with the feeling of being _in itself_ obligatory; and when a person is asked to believe that this morality _derives_ its obligation from some general principle round which custom has not thrown the same halo, the assertion is to him a paradox; the supposed corollaries seem to have a more binding force than the original theorem; the superstructure seems to stand better without, than with, what is represented as its foundation.


  • The term itself comes from the Greek word '' apokruphos ''

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