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.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter II, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.
- (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- The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason.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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.