n. pl. e·gos
1. The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.
2. In psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch 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 ichI, as a psychoanalytic term.]
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