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- The reflexive form of they, the third-person singular personal pronoun. The single person previously mentioned, as the object of a verb or following a preposition (also used for emphasis).
- Someone could hurt themself.
- Anyone who wants a car like mine can buy one themself.
2009 January 8, Samantha Maiden, “Hoaxer, out yourself: 'Demidenko'”, in The Australian:
- THE author who masqueraded as Helen Demidenko yesterday urged the hoaxer who deceived the respected right-wing journal Quadrant to unmask themself.
2013 January 8, John Stoltenberg, Gonerz:
- ... somedays there will be an odd number of quadders and so somebody might have to sit by themself in the back.
- The use of themself instead of themselves is sometimes proscribed, but it is relatively common "considering that singular they is unquestionably far less frequent than plural they". Furthermore, the use of themself as a singular and themselves as a plural is in "clear parallel [to] common usage of the second-person forms, where yourselves can be contrasted with yourself." Note, moreover, that the same is true in the first person, where ourselves contrasts with ourself.
- For more on the use of they as a singular pronoun, see they.
- For information on the use of he and himself as a generic singular pronoun, see he.
- themselves (more common)
- himself, herself (gender-specific)
- thonself (rare)
- other attested and proposed third-person pronouns