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selfsame

[self-seym, -seym] /ˈsɛlfˌseɪm, -ˈseɪm/
adjective
1.
being the very same; identical.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English selve same; see self, same; cognate with Danish selvsamme, Old High German selbsama
Related forms
selfsameness, noun
Synonyms
exact, very, same.
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British Dictionary definitions for selfsame

selfsame

/ˈsɛlfˌseɪm/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) the very same
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Word Origin and History for selfsame

"identical," early 15c., from self + same. Written as two words until c.1600.

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