• WordNet 3.6
    • n ego (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
    • n ego your consciousness of your own identity
    • n ego an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • ego egotism; as, a job requiring a diplomat without too much ego .
    • ego self-esteem; as, he has an overinflated ego .
    • ego (Psychoanalysis) that one of the three parts of a person's psychic apparatus that mediates consciously between the drives of the id and the realities of the external physical and social environment, by integrating perceptions of the external world and organizing the reactions to it. Contrasted with the id and superego.
    • n ego The conscious and permanent subject of all psychical experiences, whether held to be directly known or the product of reflective thought; the subject consciously considered as “I” by a person; -- opposed to non-ego.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ego The “I”; that which feels, acts, and thinks; any person's “self,” considered as essentially the same in all persons. This use of the word was introduced by Descartes, and has long been current in general literature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ego ē′gō the 'I,' that which is conscious and thinks
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  • Norma Shearer
    Norma Shearer
    “An actress must never lose her ego -- without it she has no talent.”
  • Northrop Frye
    “The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The ego is not master in its own house.”
  • Diana Black
    Diana Black
    “Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “Where id was, there shall ego be.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “Analysis does not set out to make pathological reactions impossible, but to give the patient's ego freedom to decide one way or another.”


Alter ego - An alter ego is a very close and intimate friend. It is a Latin phrase that literally means 'other self'.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., I
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ego, I.


In literature:

They retain their egotism, and add to it many other egos.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
They are the things which an Ego intent upon the diversion of truth fashioned in the beginning.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
He laughed his good cheery laugh, out of his black beard, but it was clear that he held me to be a child, imprisoned in the Ego.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
The shack seemed full of a strange presence, a ghostly kind of ego that made itself felt.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
The individual Ego remains; that is the great distinction.
"Avatâras" by Annie Besant
Etiam Epidicum, quam ego fabulam aeque ac me ipsum amo, nullam aeque invitus specto, si agit Pellio.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
And to remember that, when we are feeling a bit important, is good for our Ego!
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Ego te in patria per eosdem retinere non potero!
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Inter quos memini, dum me mea fata sinebant, Non invisa tibi pars ego saepe fui.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
The sum of all these impressions is the man himself, the ego, the form through which the general life is individualised.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks

In poetry:

This trouble seems to be
Chief in theology:
Each thinks the hymn should be, --
Nearer, my God, to Thee.
"Poetry" by Edmund Vance Cooke
Three million women without mates
In lonely homes on earth!
And Cupid sighs at heaven's gates,
Where many a spirit ego waits
Its call again to birth.
"Discredited" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It must be cleansed and purified
Of selfishness and strife,
Of grasping greed and lust and pride,
Before He lets His Angels guide
The egos back to life.
"Discredited" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Last night
I watched a star fall like a great pearl into the sea,
Till my ego expanding encompassed sea and star,
Containing both as in a trembling cup.
"Star" by Lola Ridge
So, vain the waiting egos quest
For pathways back to birth:
And vain the longing and unrest
In many a cheated mother breast.
God does not like the earth!
"Discredited" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Here Petty's finance, from the evils to come,
"With Fitzpatrick's sobriety creeps to the tomb;
"And Chancellor Ego, now left in the lurch,
"Neither dines with the Jordan, nor whines for the church.
"All The Talents" by George Canning

In news:

The guys in Def Leppard must have monster egos.
We'll spend big bucks on seldom-used, ego-enhancing upgrades and gadgets.
For 24 years, vaudevillian Mark "Woody" Keppel has slipped into the skin of his alter ego, Woodhead.
In a business crowded by bloated egos, Andrew Carmellini is one of those unassuming guys who wins admirers by quietly getting the job done.
Stephen Colbert's Wax Figure Unveiled in D.C. Stephen Colbert visited DC on Friday to see his wax alter ego at Madame Tussauds museum.
Complete with trademark track suit and bull horn, Jane Lynch's alter ego from "Flee," Sue Sylvester, is now a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
This is hilarious… Watch Kevin's Hart's alter ego "Chocolate Drop" freestyle for the XXL Freshmen of the year series.
The second intentional act of kindness started at the October Westin Alter Ego ball, for a silent auction children's fundraiser.
"When Tom Krell's avant-R&B alter ego, How to Dress Well, went from Blogspot-hosted home-recording project to indie-blogosphere viral sensation a couple years ago, he wasn't prepared for the attention," writes Miles Raymer.
Swift beatboxes as her hip-hop alter ego T-Swizzle.
Taylor Swift has brought back her hip-hop alter ego T-Swizzle to accompany rapper LL Cool J at the 2012 Grammy Award nominations ceremony.
Man charged with murder says alter ego wanted him to kill.
Murder suspect refers to alter ego .
Court documents show that a man accused of killing a Raymond man in March told investigators than an alter ego of his wanted to commit the crime.
Check Out Taylor Swift's Alter-ego , "Candy," In This Clip From A British Chat-show Appearance.

In science:

Observations of the inspiral of massive binary black holes (BBH) in the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and stellar mass binary black holes in the European Gravitational-Wave Observatory (EGO) offer an unique opportunity to test the non-linear structure of general relativity.
Probing the non-linear structure of general relativity with black hole binaries
For some of the rare (about once per year) inspiral events observed by LISA (EGO) the amplitude signal-to-noise ratio could be as large as 3,000 (100).
Probing the non-linear structure of general relativity with black hole binaries
In the present paper we propose and explore an interesting possibility of testing General Relativity with the high-SNR GW observations of BBH inspirals by LISA and EGO.
Probing the non-linear structure of general relativity with black hole binaries
In the case of LISA we assume that the signal is integrated for a year (last year before coalescence) and in the case of EGO we assume that the signal is integrated over a bandwidth from 10 Hz until the binary reaches its innermost circular orbit.
Probing the non-linear structure of general relativity with black hole binaries
FIG. 2: Plot showing the relative errors ∆ψT /ψT , in the test parameters ψT = ψ3 , ψ4 , ψ5l , ψ6 , ψ6l , ψ7 , as a function of the total mass M of a supermassive BBH at a redshift of z = 1 observed by LISA (right panel) and of a stellar mass compact binary at a distance of DL = 200 Mpc observed by EGO (left panel).
Probing the non-linear structure of general relativity with black hole binaries