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See also: Himself
- IPA(key): /hɪmˈsɛlf/, /ɪ̈msɛlf/
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- Rhymes: -ɛlf
- Hyphenation: him‧self
- (reflexive) Him; the male object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
- He injured himself.
- (emphatic) He; used as an intensifier, often to emphasize that the referent is the exclusive participant in the predicate
- He was injured himself.
- 2014 June 21, “Magician’s brain”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8892:
- The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason. The architect of modern science was himself not very modern. He was obsessed with alchemy.
- (Ireland, otherwise archaic) The subject or non-reflexive object of a predicate; he himself.
- Sir John Denham (1614-1669)
- With shame remembers, while himself was one / Of the same herd, himself the same had done.
- 1998, Kirk Jones, Waking Ned, Tomboy films
- Dennis: His glass is there and himself is in the toilet.
- (Ireland) The subject or non-reflexive object of a predicate; he (used of upper-class gentlemen, or sarcastically, of men who imagine themselves to be more important than others)
- Has himself come down to breakfast yet?
- Have you seen himself yet this morning?
(reflexive) male person as the previously mentioned object
(emphatic, exclusive) he
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English personal pronouns
- himself in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- himself in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.