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Webster 1913 Edition


Herself

Her-self′

,
p
ron.
1.
An emphasized form of the third person feminine pronoun; – used as a subject with she;
as, she
herself
will bear the blame
; also used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case;
as, it is
herself
; she blames
herself
.
2.
Her own proper, true, or real character; hence, her right, or sane, mind;
as, the woman was deranged, but she is now
herself
again; she has come to
herself
.
By herself
,
alone; apart; unaccompanied.

Webster 1828 Edition


Herself

HERSELF'

, pron. [her and self.] This denotes a female,the subject of discourse before mentioned, and is either in the nominative or objective case. In the nominative it usually follows she, and is added for the sake of emphasis, or emphatical distinction; as, she herself will bear the blame.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself. Ex.2.
1.
Having the command of herself; mistress of her rational powers, judgment or temper. The woman was deranged, but she is now herself again. She has come to herself.
2.
In her true character; as, the woman acts like herself.

Definition 2022


herself

herself

English

Pronoun

herself (the third person singular, feminine, personal pronoun, the reflexive form of she, masculine himself, neuter itself, plural themselves)

  1. (reflexive) Her; the female object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 17, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.
    She injured herself.
  2. (emphatic) She; an intensive repetition of the female subject, often used to indicate the exclusiveness of that person as the only satisfier of the predicate.
    She was injured herself.
  3. (slang) A self-important female.
    What's herself up to this time?

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Most common English words before 1923: passed · true · friend · #293: herself · year · dear · high

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