self·​hood | \ ˈself-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce selfhood (audio) \

Definition of selfhood

2 : the quality or state of being selfish

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Examples of selfhood in a Sentence

he spent a year in a monastery determining the core of his selfhood
Recent Examples on the Web It’s as if, in that split second, some part of us registers that our moment-to-moment subjectivity is about to be converted into a document, our selfhood cleaved in two, by nothing more sinister than a click. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 But in her mind, jangled after yet another negative at-home pregnancy test, her inability to conceive feels like an affront to her selfhood. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 25 June 2021 Unlike most contemporary journalists, who tend to see themselves as storytellers more than philosophers, Malcolm had a rigorous critical methodology and a vital theory of selfhood. Virginia Heffernan, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 In Frances Cha’s cruel, intimate, and utterly vibrant world, a drastic haircut is a statement of selfhood, and plastic surgery an economic lifeline. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 28 May 2021 Viewed through a contemporary, secular lens, a community built around a charismatic founder and dedicated to the lionization of suffering and the annihilation of female selfhood doesn't seem blessed and ethereal. Michelle Goldberg, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 It’s in his poems that Sands’ iconographies regain dimension, staging fraught negotiations between lyric, political, and physical selfhood. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The series builds Fumudoh’s selfhood as a space, something that guests may enter and feature in but that is ultimately intended to solidify and further define Fumudoh, her style, her worldview, her interests, her brand. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 7 May 2021 Her characters longedto escape the drudgery of selfhood and convention. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of selfhood

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of selfhood was in 1568

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5 Jul 2021

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“Selfhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of selfhood

: the quality that makes a person or thing different from others

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