Definition of self
- her true self was revealed
- his better self
- feel like my old self today
- ability of the immune system to distinguish self from nonself
She showed her better self at the party.
Her public self is very different from her private self.
Philosophers have written about the conception of the self.
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a self-red rose of a shade that hasn't been seen before
before 12th century
: the person that someone normally or truly is
: a particular part of your personality or character that is shown in a particular situation
: the personality or character that makes a person different from other people : the combination of emotions, thoughts, feelings, etc., that make a person different from others
: yourself or itself
: of yourself or itself
: by, to, with, for, or toward yourself or itself
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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