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- (key): /h?m's?lf/, /ms?lf/
- Rhymes: -?lf
- Hyphenation: him?self
himself (the third person singular, masculine, personal pronoun, reflexive form of he, Feminine herself, neuter (nonhuman) itself, neuter (human) himself, plural themselves)
- (reflexive) Him; the male object of a verb or preposition that also appears as the subject
He injured himself.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity:
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.
- Bible, Isaiah vii. 14
- The Lord himself shall give you a sign.
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The [Isaac] Newton that emerges from the [unpublished] manuscripts is far from the popular image of a rational practitioner of cold and pure reason.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.
1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 7, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [...], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [...], OCLC 946730821:
Yet it is that himselfe had been liberally gratified by his Unkle with militarie rewards, before ever he went to warres.
- 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
- Belarusian: (sjabjé) (accusative, genitive), (sabjé) (dative, locative), (sabój) (instrumental); - (-cca) (verb ending)
- Catalan: es (ca)
- Czech: se (cs), sebe (cs)
- Dutch: zich (nl), zichzelf (nl)
- Finnish: itsensä (fi)
- French: lui-même (fr), à lui-même (fr), se (fr)
- German: sich (de)
- Ancient: (heautón), (heautôi), (heautoû)
- Khakas: ? (poz?)
- Latin: s? (la)/s?s?, sibi, su? (la)
- Mauritian Creole: limem
- Navajo: t'áá bí, t'áá hó
- Ngazidja Comorian: enafsi ya hahe
- Novial: se
- Portuguese: se (pt), si (pt) (prepositional), a si mesmo
- Romanian: se (ro)
- Russian: (ru) m (sam), (ru) (sebjá) (genitive case, accusative case), (ru) (sebé) (dative case, prepositional case), (ru) (sobój) (instrumental case)
- Scots: himsel
- Scottish Gaelic: e (non-emphatic), esan (emphatic)
- Slovak: sa (sk), seba
- Lower Sorbian: se
- Spanish: él mismo, sí mismo
- Swedish: sig (sv)
- Asalemi: (for all persons) ? (tan)
- Tuvan: ? (bodu)
- Volapük: oki
- Yakut: (beyete)
- Zazaki: eyeri m, ay f
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English personal pronouns