ego

noun
\ ˈē-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce ego (audio) 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Psychedelic drugs are unnecessary — meditation and the stripping away of the self and ego can achieve this. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2022 As his star rose, the young coach’s ego was inflating with it. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 Anyone in academia will tell you the industry is toxic, competitive, ego-driven, territorial, and insincere. Janel Martinez, refinery29.com, 28 Dec. 2021 Whether rooted in idealism, capitalism, ego, desperation or finding a sense of purpose, the film depicts the art of the hustle across all age groups and various characters. John Benson, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2021 Such ego-soothing treatment could offer the solution that Biden's been looking for. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 13 Dec. 2021 There is no succession because there can't be — Logan is irreplaceable in his appetite, ego, and rage. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 13 Dec. 2021 Between balancing life as a regular student and fighting crime as his alter-ego superhero, Peter's heart is pure. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 12 Dec. 2021 In private, each seemed convinced that the other suffered from excessive ego and ambition. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021

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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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12 Jan 2022

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“Ego.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ego. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for ego

ego

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ego

: the opinion that you have about yourself
: 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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