alter-ego

alter ego

[awl-ter ee-goh, eg-oh, al-]
noun
1.
a second self; a perfect substitute or deputy: His adviser acts as his alter ego during his absence.
2.
an inseparable friend.
3.
another aspect of one's self.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin (Cicero), probably translation of Greek állos egṓ, héteros egṓ another I

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alter ego (ˈæltər ˈiːɡəʊ, ˈɛɡəʊ)
 
n
1.  a second self
2.  a very close and intimate friend
 
[Latin: other self]

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alter ego
1530s, from L. phrase (used by Cicero), "a second self, a trusted friend" (cf. Gk. allos ego); see alter and ego.
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alter ego al·ter ego (ôl'tər)
n.
Another side of oneself; a second self.

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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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