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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Self  \Self\,  n.;  pl  {Selves}. 
  1.  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.  ``Those  who  liked  their  real  selves.'' 
  A  man's  self  may  be  the  worst  fellow  to  converse 
  with  in  the  world.  --Pope. 
  The  self  the  I,  is  recognized  in  every  act  of 
  intelligence  as  the  subject  to  which  that  act 
  belongs.  It  is  I  that  perceive,  I  that  imagine,  I 
  that  remember,  I  that  attend,  I  that  compare,  I  that 
  feel  I  that  will  I  that  am  conscious.  --Sir  W. 
  2.  Hence  personal  interest,  or  love  of  private  interest; 
  selfishness;  as  self  is  his  whole  aim 
  3.  Personification;  embodiment.  [Poetic.] 
  She  was  beauty's  self  --Thomson. 
  Note:  Self  is  united  to  certain  personal  pronouns  and 
  pronominal  adjectives  to  express  emphasis  or 
  distinction.  Thus  for  emphasis;  I  myself  will  write;  I 
  will  examine  for  myself;  thou  thyself  shalt  go  thou 
  shalt  see  for  thyself;  you  yourself  shall  write;  you 
  shall  see  for  yourself  he  himself  shall  write;  he 
  shall  examine  for  himself;  she  herself  shall  write;  she 
  shall  examine  for  herself;  the  child  itself  shall  be 
  carried;  it  shall  be  present  itself  It  is  also  used 
  reflexively;  as  I  abhor  myself;  thou  enrichest 
  thyself;  he  loves  himself;  she  admires  herself;  it 
  pleases  itself  we  walue  ourselves  ye  hurry 
  yourselves;  they  see  themselves.  Himself,  herself, 
  themselves,  are  used  in  the  nominative  case,  as  well  as 
  in  the  objective.  ``Jesus  himself  baptized  not  but  his 
  disciples.''  --John  iv  2. 
  Note:  self  is  used  in  the  formation  of  innumerable  compounds, 
  usually  of  obvious  signification,  in  most  of  which  it 
  denotes  either  the  agent  or  the  object  of  the  action 
  expressed  by  the  word  with  which  it  is  joined,  or  the 
  person  in  behalf  of  whom  it  is  performed,  or  the  person 
  or  thing  to  for  or  towards  whom  or  which  a  quality, 
  attribute,  or  feeling  expressed  by  the  following  word 
  belongs,  is  directed,  or  is  exerted,  or  from  which  it 
  proceeds;  or  it  denotes  the  subject  of  or  object 
  affected  by  such  action  quality,  attribute,  feeling, 
  or  the  like  as  self-abandoning,  self-abnegation, 
  self-abhorring,  self-absorbed,  self-accusing, 
  self-adjusting,  self-balanced,  self-boasting, 
  self-canceled,  self-combating,  self-commendation, 
  self-condemned,  self-conflict,  self-conquest, 
  self-constituted,  self-consumed,  self-contempt, 
  self-controlled,  self-deceiving,  self-denying, 
  self-destroyed,  self-disclosure,  self-display, 
  self-dominion,  self-doomed,  self-elected,  self-evolved, 
  self-exalting,  self-excusing,  self-exile,  self-fed, 
  self-fulfillment,  self-governed,  self-harming, 
  self-helpless,  self-humiliation,  self-idolized, 
  self-inflicted,  self-improvement,  self-instruction, 
  self-invited,  self-judging,  self-justification, 
  self-loathing,  self-loving,  self-maintenance, 
  self-mastered,  self-nourishment,  self-perfect, 
  self-perpetuation,  self-pleasing,  self-praising, 
  self-preserving,  self-questioned,  self-relying, 
  self-restraining,  self-revelation,  self-ruined, 
  self-satisfaction,  self-support,  self-sustained, 
  self-sustaining,  self-tormenting,  self-troubling, 
  self-trust,  self-tuition,  self-upbraiding, 
  self-valuing,  self-worshiping,  and  many  others 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Selves  \Selves\,  n., 
  pl  of  {Self}. 

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