Definitions for EGOˈi goʊ, ˈɛg oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•goˈi goʊ, ˈɛg oʊ(n.)(pl.)e•gos.

  1. the “I” or self of any person; a thinking, feeling, and conscious being, able to distinguish itself from other selves.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. Psychoanal. the conscious, rational component of the psyche that experiences and reacts to the outside world and mediates between the demands of the id and superego.

    Category: Psychology

  3. egotism; self-importance.

  4. self-esteem or self-image.

  5. (often cap.) Philos. the enduring and conscious element that knows experience.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of ego:

1780–90; < L: I; psychoanalytic term is trans. of G (das) Ich (the) I

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ego, egotism, self-importance(noun)

    an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others

  2. self, ego(noun)

    your consciousness of your own identity

  3. ego(noun)

    (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ego(noun)ˈi goʊ, ˈɛg oʊ

    sb's sense of pride

    Her criticism hurt his ego.

Wiktionary

  1. ego(Noun)

    the self, especially with a sense of self-importance

  2. ego(Noun)

    the most central part of the mind, which mediates with one's surroundings

  3. Origin: From ego. Chosen by Freud’s translator as a translation of his use of German Ich as a noun for this concept from the pronoun ich.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ego(noun)

    the conscious and permanent subject of all psychical experiences, whether held to be directly known or the product of reflective thought; -- opposed to non-ego

Freebase

  1. Ego

    In spirituality, and especially nondual, mystical, and eastern meditative traditions, individual existence is often described as a kind of illusion. This "sense of doership" or sense of individual existence is that part which believes it is the human being, and believes it must fight for itself in the world, is ultimately unaware and unconscious of its own true nature. The ego is often associated with mind and the sense of time, which compulsively thinks in order to be assured of its future existence, rather than simply knowing its own self and the present. The spiritual goal of many traditions involves the dissolving of the ego, allowing self-knowledge of one's own true nature to become experienced and enacted in the world. This is variously known as Enlightenment, Nirvana, Fana, Presence, and the "Here and Now". Eckhart Tolle comments that, to the extent that the ego is present in an individual, that individual is somewhat insane psychologically, in reference to the ego's nature as compulsively hyper-active and compulsively self-centered. However, since this is the norm, it goes unrecognised as the source of much that could be classified as insane behavior in everyday life. In South Asian traditions, the state of being trapped in the illusory belief that one is the ego is known as maya or samsara.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ego

    and Non-Ego (i. e. I and Not-I, or Self and Not-Self), are terms used in philosophy to denote respectively the subjective and the objective in cognition, what is from self and what is from the external to self, what is merely individual and what is universal.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Ego

    The conscious portion of the personality structure which serves to mediate between the demands of the primitive instinctual drives, (the id), of internalized parental and social prohibitions or the conscience, (the superego), and of reality.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EGO' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3047

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EGO' in Nouns Frequency: #2943


Translations for EGO

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ego(noun)

personal pride

His criticism wounded my ego.

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