ego

noun
\ ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈe- How to pronounce ego (audio) \
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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Within astrology, each planet has a different responsibility: The sun, though not a planet, also matters in the birth chart and manages your ego and sense of self; the moon, on the other hand, governs your inner world and emotions. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Aside from her fictional alter-ego, Georgina's life seems to be centered around animals, whether in her equestrian career, philanthropic pursuits, or home life. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What Michael Bloomberg's Daughters Think of His Decision Not to Run for President," 9 Mar. 2019 Get to know rookie Seahawks linebacker Warren Long as well as 'Larrenwong,' his musical alter-ego. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Meet a Seahawk: Three questions with linebacker Warren Long," 6 Aug. 2018 Rob Hiaasen was a supportive colleague in a profession filled with big egos. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Friends, family, co-workers honor Capital Gazette victim Rob Hiaasen," 2 July 2018 Portugal The European champion relies on Cristiano Ronaldo for quite a bit, a lot, er, pretty much everything, and the big star with the big ego would love to add a World Cup title to his bulging trophy cabinet. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Ranking all 32 teams, from hopeless to hopefuls," 22 May 2018 As Deadpool’s popularity grows with fans, one unanswered question is how the foul-mouth Wade Wilson -- the anti-hero’s alter-ego -- will fit into the family-friendly canon of Disney movies. Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg.com, "In ‘Deadpool’ Versus ‘Avengers,’ Foul-Mouthed Hero Wins," 21 May 2018 With his tweets and seemingly off-the-cuff remarks, Trump effectively controls Washington’s media agenda, which is great for a presidential ego. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "Malcolm: Without vibrant parties, our democracy flails in gridlock," 16 May 2018 The incentives toward a grand ego were ever-present. Ta-nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, "I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye," 7 May 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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