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[ahr-self, ouuh r-, ou-er-] /ɑrˈsɛlf, aʊər-, ˌaʊ ər-/
one's own person, individuality, etc., considered as private and apart from others:
It is for ourself that we should strive for greater knowledge.
(a form corresponding to ourselves, used of a single person, especially in the regal or formal style, as we for I):
We have taken unto ourself such powers as may be necessary.
Origin of ourself
1300-50; Middle English oure self; see our, self
Usage note
See myself. Unabridged
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  • Deception can also include our rationalizations to ourself to justify a statement or behavior.
  • There is no other way of thinking that has taught us anywhere near as much about ourself or the rest of the universe.
  • We often are so alienated from our selves yet so yearn to be one with ourself.
  • Protect y ourself and treat r aw water taken from streams and lakes before you drink it.
British Dictionary definitions for ourself


(archaic) a variant of myself, formerly used by monarchs or editors in formal contexts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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