Definition of ego in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈēɡō/

noun (plural egos)

1A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance: a boost to my ego
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  • If I do get all of that done and sorted out properly my meetings tend to go very well, and that's a big big boost to my ego.
  • Your natural reactions to circumstances encourage success and the healthy growth of your ego and self-esteem.
  • It is very flattering and a big boost to the ego to receive compliments from someone like Stacey Jones.
self-esteem, self-importance, self-worth, self-respect, self-image, self-confidence
1.1 Psychoanalysis The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity. Compare with id and superego.
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  • Jung also found that in practice both anima and animus act in dreams and in the imagination as mediators of the unconscious to the ego, so providing a means for inner as well as outer adaptation.
  • The effects of a shift in identity from the ego to the inner self are dramatic and remarkable.
  • Letting go of the ego, the persona, the rational mind is a central experience in mystical traditions.
1.2 Philosophy (In metaphysics) a conscious thinking subject.
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  • In this being the empirical ego has its origin, and through ethical conduct it returns to its source.
  • According to Heidegger, a tendency to suicide is the ontological essence of human ego.
  • This diacritically marked subject experiences splitting of the ego.



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  • With meditation we can create a clean thinking, peaceful, egoless mind which in turn creates a person whose mind, body and spirit are in balance, in complete harmony.
  • He was unchanged even by this catastrophe - he remained as decent and egoless a man as I'd ever met.
  • In person, seemingly egoless, his presence within the films is both hilarious and humane.


Early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'I'.

  • This is the Latin word for ‘I’. It came into English later than egotism (early 18th century) or egoism (late 18th century). I (Old English) goes back to the same Indo-European root.

Words that rhyme with ego

amigo, Vigo

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Syllabification: e·go

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