self·​same ˈself-ˌsām How to pronounce selfsame (audio)
: being the one mentioned or in question : identical
left the selfsame day
selfsameness noun
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same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another.

same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things.

took the same route
derived from the selfsame source

very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same may imply likeness in kind.

the very point I was trying to make

identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details.

identical results

equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance.

two houses equivalent in market value

equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality.

equal shares in the business

Examples of selfsame in a Sentence

that's the selfsame man who once helped me

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of selfsame was in the 15th century

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“Selfsame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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self·​same ˈself-ˌsām How to pronounce selfsame (audio)
: exactly the same : identical

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