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[th ahy-self] /ðaɪˈsɛlf/
an emphatic appositive to thou or thee.
a substitute for reflexive thee.
Origin of thyself
before 900; Middle English thi self (see thy, self (noun)); replacing Old English thē self (see thee, self (adj.)) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The prince of Byblos sent to me, saying: Betake thyself from my harbor.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • I do not ask Thee to take her to thyself, but only to preserve her from harm.

    The Basket of Flowers Christoph von Schmid
  • Go, that I may collect my thoughts, the world forget, and first of all thyself!

    Egmont Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • O my boy, lay not up treasure for thyself, and thus fail to be rich in God.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • But Fithel said, "Nay, thou art too apt to blame the pleadings of other men; plead for thyself."

  • Then I will save thee from thyself, for it must be ill to suffer thus!

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • But begin this course with thyself first of all, and diligently examine thyself concerning whatsoever thou doest.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • I know that of me, which thou knowest not of thyself, oh, thou omnipotent.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Believe me, Divine Vengeance will hereafter inflict the same Punishment on thyself.

  • Not only for the book and the help it will be, but for the 'Rules' and—for thyself.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for thyself


pronoun (archaic)
  1. the reflexive form of thou1 , thee
  2. (intensifier): thou, thyself, wouldst know
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thyself

Middle English þi-self, from Old English þe self; see thy + self. One word from 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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