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

Definition of selfhood

2 : the quality or state of being selfish

Examples of selfhood in a Sentence

he spent a year in a monastery determining the core of his selfhood
Recent Examples on the Web All over the world, women are defined by their relationships and their bodies, while men are defined by their independent conceptions of selfhood. Maya Skidmore,, 27 June 2022 For Buddhists, the clear light of reality is visible only to those who abandon the illusion of selfhood. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Still, questions of selfhood extend beyond Kim and her storylines. Vogue, 12 May 2022 The film also might have been enriched by further exploring what being with Haider means for Biba, who is on a similar search for selfhood. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Indeed, the author’s mother becomes a recurring character in this extraordinary exploration of selfhood, which blends humane sensitivity with acute philosophical insight. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Diana’s fragile selfhood, and the happiness of her two sons, is at stake. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2022 Hence the tradition of grit as glue in rap songs — this urge to state, with style and coarse grace, your selfhood to the world. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 There’s real pathos in the contrived story of a star whose work and life have become inseparable, whose extreme awareness of her public image risks alienating her from her sense of inner selfhood. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of selfhood

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Selfhood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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