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[self-seym, -seym] /ˈsɛlfˌseɪm, -ˈseɪm/
being the very same; identical.
Origin of selfsame
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English selve same; see self, same; cognate with Danish selvsamme, Old High German selbsama
Related forms
selfsameness, noun
exact, very, same. Unabridged
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  • So every day is in fact the selfsame evening and morning.
  • The first is that selfsame record of sensible moderation.
  • And yet it is that selfsame false reputation that daily causes him the keenest anguish of all.
  • The selfsame word can at one time be the cornerstone of peace, while at another, machine-gun fire resounds in its every syllable.
  • New species or exotics are continually entering the country via these selfsame pathways.
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British Dictionary definitions for selfsame


(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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