self-iden·​ti·​ty ˌself-ī-ˈden-tə-tē How to pronounce self-identity (audio)
: sameness of a thing with itself
: individuality
self-understanding is the necessary condition of a sense of self-identityJ. C. Murray

Examples of self-identity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Raised by two Rastafarians between New York and Jamaica, Wauchope learned to see hair as a spiritual extension, a sacred aspect of self-identity that communicates style, health, socioeconomic status, and more. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2023 With so many kids playing video games, how was such language affecting their self-identity and mental health? Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2023 From the age of 5, his self-identity was largely defined by competition in sports. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Aug. 2023 The author, whose work often centers on gender and self-identity and the body, was featured on the cover of Time as part of the magazine’s Next Generation Leaders list. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Aug. 2023 Her work examines queerness, self-identity and human connection through a non-fiction and sometimes experimental lens. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 21 June 2023 The illustrated memoir — which chronicles nonbinary author Maia Kobabe’s journey of self-identity — has faced unparalleled pushback from school boards and conservative activists around the country in recent years. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2023 In an exhaustive feature story, RS details the heartbreaks, surprise marriages (to Michael Jackson, especially), and troubles with self-identity, substance abuse, and daily life in general that Presley faced. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2023 Creators can have a difficult time separating their social media presence from their self-identity. Yec, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of self-identity was in 1794

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“Self-identity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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