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See also: Ihood


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From I +‎ -hood, chiefly a calque of German Ichheit (selfhood). Compare also Dutch ikheid (individuality).


I-hood (uncountable)

  1. The state of one's own self or identity; one's conscious personality.
    • 1653, J. Sparrow tr. J. Boehme, Considerations upon Esaiah Stiefel:
      Our Humane Will dyed away in the Death of Christ from its own I-hood, and own Willing.
    • 1662, J. Sparrow tr. J. Boehme, Apol. Perfection in Remainder Bks.:
      The Man Christ is..the First who in the Anointing dyed to the Humane I-hood.
    • 1662, J. Sparrow tr. J. Boehme, 2nd Apol. B. Tylcken in Remainder Bks.:
      He inclineth himself to my Minehood, and my Ihood inclineth it self up into him.
    • 1871, H. Macmillan, True Vine (1872) iii.:
      He has no autarkia, or self-sufficingness—no ichheit, or I-hood, as the Germans would say.
    • 2000, S. Connor, Dumbstruck:
      The voice, as pure, lyric, unselfconscious I-hood spilling or erupting into the world, suddenly becomes part of that world and recoils upon its originator.
    • 2010, Cia Van Woezik, God - Beyond Me:
      Hence, in that respect Henrich's theory of more modest I-hood is definitely an improvement. I heartily support Henrich's attempts to bring the I 'down to earth' and to base a theory of I-hood on daily life's experiences.