Oneself



a person’s self (used for emphasis or reflexively):
One often hurts oneself accidentally.
be oneself,

to be in one’s normal state of mind or physical condition.
to be unaffected and sincere:
One makes more friends by being oneself than by putting on airs.

by oneself,

without a companion; alone.
through one’s own efforts; unaided:
to become a millionaire by oneself.

come to oneself,

Also, come to. to regain consciousness.
to regain one’s self-possession; come to one’s senses.

Also, come to one’s self.
Contemporary Examples

Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween Joseph Campbell October 30, 2014
Bishop T.D. Jakes on His New Book and Whitney Houston’s Death Allison Samuels March 9, 2012
Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History Katie Baker October 23, 2014
One Year After Gabrielle Giffords’s Shooting: Tucson’s Renewal-Themed Memorial Terry Greene Sterling January 8, 2012
Study Finds People with Guns More At-Risk for Suicide and Homicide Brandy Zadrozny January 19, 2014

Historical Examples

Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
Initiation into Philosophy Emile Faguet
The Daughters of Danaus Mona Caird
Fruitfulness Emile Zola
Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg

pronoun

the reflexive form of one (sense 20), one (sense 21)
(intensifier): one doesn’t do that oneself

(preceded by a copula) one’s normal or usual self: one doesn’t feel oneself after such an experience
see:

avail (oneself) of
be oneself
beside oneself
burn (oneself) out
by oneself
cover one’s ass (oneself)
crank (oneself) up
do oneself in
excuse me (oneself)
exert oneself
explain oneself
express oneself
fall all over (oneself)
feel like oneself
find oneself
flatter oneself
fling oneself at
forget oneself
full of oneself
get a grip on (oneself)
give a good account of oneself
give of oneself
give (oneself) away
give oneself up
have oneself
hear oneself think
help oneself
keep to oneself
kick oneself
knock oneself out
law unto oneself
lay (oneself) open
leave (oneself) open
let (oneself) go
live with (oneself)
lose oneself in
make a laughingstock of oneself
make a name for oneself
make an exhibition of oneself
make a nuisance of oneself
make a pig of oneself
make oneself at home
make oneself scarce
not oneself
paint oneself into a corner
plume oneself
pride oneself on
pull oneself together
pull oneself up
put oneself out
relieve oneself
repeat oneself
shift for oneself
shoot oneself in the foot
spread oneself too thin
suit oneself
sure of oneself
take it upon oneself
throw oneself at
tie oneself in knots
trouble one’s head (oneself) about

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