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

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Begin to feel into the edges and fences, and notice which feel like important maintenance maneuvers to safeguard a selfhood that’s for you and you alone, and which have actually become impediments to growth. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes Aug 6-12," 6 Aug. 2012 The show has four central characters — Earn; Alfred; Darius; and Earn’s sometimes ex-girlfriend, Van — who veer in and out of friendship, selfhood, personal clarity and, often, the show itself. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade," 11 May 2018 Or, in my case: the fabulous anti-heroine of my own journey into Carrie’s idiosyncratic selfhood. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Confessions of a Recovering Wannabe Carrie Bradshaw," 5 June 2018 What if the crux of the moment — really since 2008 — is a matter of selfhood and representation and political correctives? Manohla Dargis, A.o. Scott And Wesley Morris, New York Times, "#MeToo, Harvey Weinstein and Awkward TV: Our Critics Talk Oscars," 5 Mar. 2018 The statement of names is also a reaffirmation of selfhood – that women can and should have the right to be individuals., "The Handmaid's Tale," 13 June 2018 Báez, born in the Dominican Republic in 1981, is known for large-scale, intricate work that explores her interest in anthropology, diasporic identity, and how women of color navigate selfhood. Morgan Sykes, The Cut, "The Artist Creating Visual Roadmaps of Black Womanhood," 13 May 2018 There are many ways to reach the truth of non-selfhood. Sean Illing, Vox, "What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.," 7 Apr. 2018 Owing to that cosmic error, a gate to the underworld left ajar, Ada’s personhood is at best an elaborate compromise, her selfhood an unpersuasive myth, her gendering a cruel and clumsy mistake. David Wright, The Seattle Times, "‘Freshwater’: a bewitching tale of gods and a girl coming of age," 20 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of selfhood

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

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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