ego

noun \ ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈe- \

Definition of ego

plural egos
1 :the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world
2 a :egotism 2
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

egoless

adjective

Examples of ego in a Sentence

  1. I have enough ego not to want to give up easily in any contest or competition.

  2. a star athlete with a refreshing lack of ego

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of ego

New Latin, from Latin, I — more at i



EGO Defined for English Language Learners

ego

noun

Definition of ego for English Language Learners

  • : the opinion that you have about yourself

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


Medical Dictionary

ego

noun \ ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈeg-(ˌ)ō \

medical Definition of ego

plural egos
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 1id, superego


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