ego ( egos plural ) Someone's ego is their sense of their own worth. For example, if someone has a large ego, they think they are very important and valuable. n-var He had a massive ego, never would he admit he was wrong. →
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alter ego ( alter egos plural )
1 n-count Your alter ego is the other side of your personality from the one which people normally see.
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2 n-count You can describe the character that an actor usually plays on television or in films as his or her alter ego.
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Barry Humphries's alter ego Dame Edna has taken the US by storm.
ego trip ( ego trips plural ) If you say that someone is on an ego trip, you are criticizing them for doing something for their own satisfaction and enjoyment, often to show that they think they are more important than other people. n-count
super-ego ( super-egos plural ) , superego Your super-ego is the part of your mind which makes you aware of what is right and wrong, and which causes you to feel guilty when you have done something wrong. (TECHNICAL) n-count
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