self·​same | \ ˈself-ˌsām How to pronounce selfsame (audio) \

Definition of selfsame

: being the one mentioned or in question : identical left the selfsame day

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selfsameness \ ˈself-​ˌsām-​nəs How to pronounce selfsameness (audio) , -​ˈsām-​ \ 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

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that's the selfsame man who once helped me

First Known Use of selfsame

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 27 May. 2020.

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literary : exactly the same


self·​same | \ ˈself-ˌsām How to pronounce selfsame (audio) \

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: exactly the same

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