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self (pron.)

古英语 self, seolf, sylf “自己的人, -self; own, same,” 来自Proto-Germanic *selbaz (也是Old Norse sjalfr, Old Frisian self, Dutch zelf, Old High German selb, German selb, selbst, Gothic silba 的来源), Proto-Germanic *selbaz “self,” 来自PIE *sel-bho-, 根 *s(w) e- 的后缀形式, 第三人称代词和反身代词(指回句子的主语), 也用于表示说话人的社会群体的形式, “(we our-) selves” (见 idiom).

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. [attributed to Alan Watts, who did often use the image in this sense in his talks, if not in these exact words]

它在复合词中用于形成反身代词, 是从古英语中独立使用发展而来的. 作为14世纪初的名词

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Definitions of self from WordNet
1
self (n.)
your consciousness of your own identity;
Synonyms: ego
self (n.)
a person considered as a unique individual;
one's own self
2
self (adj.)
(used as a combining form) relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self;
self-knowledge
self-proclaimed
self-induced
From wordnet.princeton.edu