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Himself, pron. Also: -selfe, -sellf(e, -sellffe, hymself(e, himeselff, hymeself(e, himselve, himsell; his self, his sel.[ME. himself, -selve, OE. him self.] Himself.

1. Emphatic, in apposition to noun or pronoun.(a) 1375 Barb. ii. 368.
He him-selff … hard and hewy dyntis gave
Ib. x. 645.
The erll him-self … Wes the thrid man
1456 Hay I. 28/31.
Thai … ar als foule in the dede as he him selfe
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 201.
Than said king Arthur hym self
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lx. 30.
He him-selff [being an] exampill of vys
1551 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 154.
That ony merchand be him selff or his seruands callis vpoun any man … to by merchandise
(b) c1475 Wall. viii. 1348.
Than Scotland throuch he demayned him sell
15.. Clar. iv. 2764.
King Philoppon convoyit them him sell
1567 G. Ball. 69.
Sen on our syde is God him sell
1600-1610 Melvill 429.
Your cursed saull for Beelzebub him sell

2. Used alone with pronoun omitted. 1375 Barb. vi. 80.
He … fand na furd … Bot quhar hymself [our]passit was
Ib. xi. 445.
Him-self suld wele Kepe the entre with his battale
a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 178.
Thai … vthyre witnes nedit nane Bot God & hyme-selfe al-ane
1428 Wemyss Chart. 56.
Suylk lyke profyte as hym selfe has in the … cole and quarale
c1475 Wall. vi. 400.
Him selff began a sair cusyng to mak
1479 Acta Conc. 42/2.
Gife him self hapynnis to decesse
1533 Gau 4/33.
Ve suld … pray to na oder bot to hime, as hime selff commandit
1535 Stewart 196.
With him he had Ane cumpany of siclike as him sell
1562-3 Winȝet I. 126/8.
His disciplis suld fast … quhen thair spous, quhilk wes Himself, suld be tane fra thame

3. Reflexive.(a) 1375 Barb. ix. 424.
He held with him self a gret menȝe
Ib. xi. 330.
The ferd battale the … kyng Tuk till hym self
a1400 Leg. S. xl. 1107.
He mycht nocht … Bryng his handis til his face To fed hyme-self
?1438 Alex. i. 2279.
He held him-selfe vpone Bursiuell
1456 Hay II. 68/13.
Quha honouris thame … honouris him self
1474 Acta Aud. 30/2.
The wrangwis & maisterfull appropring of the samyn landis to himself
1513 Doug. ii. ii. 71.
Knawyng himself gylty
1533 Bell. Livy II. 81.
He wrate himself consul
1540 Reg. Privy S. II. 487/2.
Patrik Neilsoun, quhilk is daft and hes na witt to gyde himself
a1578 Pitsc. I. 101.
The Erle of Craufurdis cunsall to himselfe
a1651 Calderwood viii. 144.
He retired himself to the girth … of Halyrudhouse
(b) a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1481.
Man his God wald knaw and eike him sell
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxi. 5.
He wirkis sorrow to him sell
1572 Sat. P. xxxiii. 252.
Ȝou carle … all prouisioun hes within himsell
1604 Craig I. 27.
Fearing least thy beams should burne him sell, Hee stole aback
1643 Bk. Pasquils 144.
The divil Perhaps … will take you to him sell
(c) 1589 Reg. Privy C. IV. 821.
A rowpe … by the which he conveyed himselve owt of a wyndow
1657 Balfour Ann. II. 190.
With grate meiknesse he demained himselue

b. At himself, in full possession of one's faculties, in a state of mental composure (as in the mod. dial.). - a1658 Durham Scandal 204.
An answer to satisfy a man's own reason on conscience, if he were sober and at himself

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