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alter ego

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noun al·ter ego \ˌȯl-tər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also -ˈe-(ˌ)gō\

Simple Definition of alter ego

  • : a different version of yourself

  • : a close friend who thinks or feels similarly to the way you think or feel

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of alter ego

  1. :  a second self: as a :  a trusted friend b :  the opposite side of a personality c :  counterpart 3

Examples of alter ego in a sentence

  1. a trusted adviser who is the President's alter ego

  2. <over the years the state's other senator became his alter ego as well as his political ally>



Origin of alter ego

Latin, literally, second I


First Known Use: 1537


Law Dictionary

alter ego

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noun al·ter ego \ˈȯl-tər-ˈē-gō\

Legal Definition of alter ego

  1. :  second self; especially :  a person or entity vicariously liable for another (as an agent) <had the officer been the alter ego of the corporation — J. J. White and R. S. Summers> — compare instrumentality



Additional Notes on alter ego

The concept of a legal alter ego is used primarily to hold the controlling parties of a corporation personally liable instead of limiting liability to the corporate entity.

Origin of alter ego

Latin, literally, second I



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