n. pl. e·gos
1. The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.
2. In psychoanalytic theory, the division of the psyche that is conscious, is responsible for our feelings of selfhood, and most directly interacts with external reality.
a. An exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit.
b. Appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem.
[New Latin, from Latin, I; see eg in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. Sense 2, translation of German Ich, a special use of ich, I, as a psychoanalytic term.]
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