Definition of selfsame in English:



  • attributive Exactly the same.

    ‘he was standing in the selfsame spot you're filling now’
    • ‘Many, however, are the selfsame people who reviled and ridiculed the Celtic chief executive throughout his five years.’
    • ‘To a degree, this reflects the fact that many of those scientists are the selfsame religious individuals described above.’
    • ‘The selfsame people who sometimes drive you nuts can also be the main ones who can help you live a longer, healthier life and probably help you manage stress better, according to the Alliance for Aging Research.’
    • ‘I could prove in a second that she's my daughter - the books on the car floor, the busted pinwheel under the seat, the diaper bag, the camcorder with miles of footage of this selfsame child in my lap at our home.’
    • ‘Later, descendants of these selfsame clerics would carry their precious cargo to European monasteries where the Italian, the German and the Frenchman waited to be enlightened.’
    • ‘The other day, I started writing this selfsame blog post.’
    • ‘The story writes against sensationalism and sentimentality (showing their falsity and shallowness) even as the plot operates in these selfsame terms.’
    • ‘When the selfsame people asked me in the evenings if I was going home, I had no reply for them: it took me years to reconcile myself to the idea of calling the attic I was living in a home.’
    • ‘Check out this slightly less adulatory leader from the selfsame paper.’
    • ‘Will doubling aid and channelling it through those selfsame governments change anything?’
    • ‘Then one day towards the completion of the project, he walked upstairs and caught the selfsame builder in the act of explaining to a visitor why ‘we’ had decided to go open plan.’
    • ‘Second, Abelard undertakes to establish that contraries will be present not merely in the genus but even in the selfsame individual.’
    • ‘Those selfsame horses were slow and sedate but got things done in their own good time.’
    • ‘The same clerk who helps you buy lug wrenches can help you with baby clothes and computers, with the selfsame lack of knowledge of all the products.’
    • ‘The critique, I contend, often commits the selfsame mistakes that have become an almost accepted characterisation of anthropological practice.’
    • ‘The eight photoreceptors and 12 accessory cells occupy selfsame and stereotyped positions within each unit eye.’
    • ‘These holders have no idea whether home equity borrowers use proceeds not only to consolidate debt but as a re-entry vehicle into the selfsame debt.’
    identical, matching, similar, equal
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