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alter ego

[awl-ter ee-goh, eg-oh, al-] /ˈɔl tər ˈi goʊ, ˌɛg oʊ, ˈæl-/
a second self; a perfect substitute or deputy:
His adviser acts as his alter ego during his absence.
an inseparable friend.
another aspect of one's self.
Origin of alter ego
1530-40; < Latin (Cicero), probably translation of Greek állos egṓ, héteros egṓ another I Unabridged
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Examples from the web for alter ego
  • Eventually the doctor repents and tries to slough off his vile alter ego.
  • In these boom-and-crash years, the more reckless alter ego dominates.
  • Id say hes made a bet with another billionaire or his alter ego to see if its possible his ideas about reality are right.
  • On the wall, his cartoon alter ego poises itself at the top of the virtual incline, skis ready.
  • It's a serendipitous bond that helps justify my choice of alter ego.
  • Then the alter ego emerges into the room, floats across it and goes out the window.
  • Plaintiff merely alleges conclusions of law as it pertains to the alter ego theory of liability.
  • Development of the self proceeds along three lines: grandiosity, alter ego, and idealization.
British Dictionary definitions for alter ego

alter ego

/ˈæltər ˈiːɡəʊ; ˈɛɡəʊ/
a second self
a very close and intimate friend
Word Origin
Latin: other self
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Word Origin and History for alter ego

1530s, from Latin phrase (used by Cicero), "a second self, a trusted friend" (cf. Greek allos ego); see alter and ego.

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alter ego in Medicine

alter ego al·ter ego (ôl'tər)
Another side of oneself; a second self.

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alter ego in Culture
alter ego [(awl-tuhr ee-goh)]

An intimate friend, considered another side of oneself: “He was my alter ego; we were always picking up each other's thoughts.” Alter ego is Latin for “another I.”

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