ego

noun
\ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈe- \
plural egos

Definition of ego 

1 : the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world

3 : the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality — compare id, superego

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Other Words from ego

egoless adjective

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Ego is the Latin word for "I." So if a person seems to begin every sentence with "I", it's sometimes a sign of a big ego. It was the psychologist Sigmund Freud (well, actually his original translator) who put ego into the popular vocabulary, but what he meant by the word is complex, so only other psychologists really use it in the Freudian sense. The rest of us generally use ego simply to mean one's sense of self-worth, whether exaggerated or not. When used in the "exaggerated" sense, ego is almost the same thing as conceit. Meeting a superstar athlete without a trace of this kind of ego would be a most refreshing experience. But having a reasonable sense of your own worth is no sin. Life's little everyday victories are good—in fact, necessary—for a healthy ego.

Examples of ego in a Sentence

I have enough ego not to want to give up easily in any contest or competition. a star athlete with a refreshing lack of ego

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And when this happens, people experience a temporary death of the ego. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness," 21 May 2018 Puryear’s signs, with their musings about love, ego, and consciousness, spark conversations. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Old City busker promotes love with his signs and his sax, Miss Nasty | We the People," 3 July 2018 This is a guy struggling with certain elements of his ego and his relationship to power and authority. refinery29.com, "GLOW's Creators On Writing Season 2's Explosive Sexual Harassment Storyline," 2 July 2018 Analysts say Lopez Obrador and Trump have some things in common, including large egos and a taste for populist rhetoric. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "Five challenges that lie ahead for Mexico's next president," 2 July 2018 Trump is basically leading his own Party of Trump, based on his own ego and millions of disaffected Americans sick of the ineffectiveness and unresponsiveness of both two-faced parties. Andrew Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, "Both political parties are more dysfunctional than Trump White House," 21 Mar. 2018 In Bhutan, people relate unhappiness to imbalance of greed, anger, ignorance, ego and jealousy. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 López Obrador, like Trump, is ambivalent, suspicious even, of institutions, tends to oversimplify issues, and has an ego the size of Sonora. Kate Linthicum, The Seattle Times, "Mexico’s move toward populism comes from the left," 2 July 2018 The ego is what drives this president and all of his relationships. Monique Judge, The Root, "Trump’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With North Korea Is Back On. Again," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of ego

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ego

New Latin, from Latin, I — more at i

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ego

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ego

: the opinion that you have about yourself

psychology : a part of the mind that senses and adapts to the real world

ego

noun
\ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈeg-(ˌ)ō\
plural egos

Medical Definition of ego 

1 : the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world

2 : the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality — compare id entry 1, superego

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