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ego

noun [C]     /ˈiː.ɡəʊ/ US  /ˈiː.ɡoʊ/ (plural egos)
your idea or opinion of yourself, especially your feeling of your own importance and ability: That man has such an enormous ego - I've never known anyone so full of themselves! I'm glad she got the job - she needed something to boost/bolster her ego (= give her confidence).Mind and personalityScience of psychology and psychoanalysisConfidence and self-assuranceShowing arrogance and conceitSaddening, shocking and upsetting specialized psychology in psychoanalysis, the part of a person's mind that tries to match the hidden desires (= wishes) of the id (= part of the unconscious mind) with the demands of the real world → See also alter ego, superegoScience of psychology and psychoanalysisMind and personalityMind and personalityScience of psychology and psychoanalysis
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