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Definition & Meaning: Ego Word Root

Attention Salman Khan fans! One of his all-time famous dialogues is: “Never underestimate 3 things in life: I, Me & Myself.” This perfectly encapsulates the essence of the word root “Ego.” Derived from Latin, “ego” means “I” or “self.” It essentially refers to a person who has a very high regard for themselves or is preoccupied with themselves. Let’s explore more words related to the root word “Ego.”

Word root tree diagram for "Ego" with words and meanings.

Words Based on the Ego Word Root

Commonly Used Words Based on the Ego Word Root

  • Ego: The way a person thinks about themselves, that is, their “I.”
  • Egotistical: Thinking about “I” a little too much.
  • Egotist: One who excessively thinks about “I.”
  • Egoist: Another word for “egotist.”
  • Egotism: Thinking excessively about “I.”
  • Egoism: Another word for “egotism.”
  • Egomaniac: Thinking about “I” way too much.
  • Egomaniacal: Of thinking about “I” way too much.
  • Alter ego: Another side of oneself.
  • Egocentric: Holding the view that the ego is the centre, object, and norm of all experience.
  • Egocentrism: Regarding oneself and one’s own opinions or interests as most important.

Archaic Words Based on the Ego Word Root

  • Egomania: An intense and irresistible love for oneself.
  • Egopathy: Hostile behaviour due to a psychopathically exaggerated sense of self-importance.

Technical Words/Jargon Based on the Ego Word Root

  • Superego: That part of the ego or “I” that watches over what it does.

Related Word Roots

Exploring related word roots offers further insights into the linguistic tapestry of English:

1. Id

Meaning: The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest.

  • Id: The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest.
  • Idiot: A person of low intelligence (originally a medical term).
  • Idiopathic: Relating to or denoting any disease or condition that arises spontaneously or for which the cause is unknown.

2. Alter

Meaning: Change or cause to change in character or composition.

  • Alternative: One of two or more available possibilities.
  • Alteration: The action or process of changing something.
  • Alterable: Capable of being altered.

3. Centr

Meaning: Centre.

  • Central: Of, at, or forming the centre.
  • Concentric: Of or denoting circles, arcs, or other shapes that share the same centre.
  • Centrifugal: Moving or tending to move away from a centre.

This lesson on the root word “Ego” concludes with this list of words. We hope you have learned some new words today. Keep enriching your vocabulary—practice is the key. Good luck!

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