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HIMSELF', pronoun In the nominative or objective case. [him and self.]

1. He; but himself is more emphatical, or more expressive of distinct personality than he.

With shame remembers, while himself was one

Of the same herd, himself the same had done.

2. When himself is added to he, or to a noun, it expresses discrimination of person with particular emphasis.

But he himself returned from the quarries. Judges 3:19.

But God himself is with us for our captain. 2 Chronicles 13:9.

3. When used as the reciprocal pronoun, it is not usually emphatical.

David hid himself in the field. 1 Samuel 20:24.

4. It was formerly used as a substitute for neuter nouns; as high as heaven himself [This use is now improper.]

5. It is sometimes separated from he; as, he could not go himself for he himself could not go.

6. himself is used to express the proper character, or natural temper and disposition of a person, after or in opposition to wandering of mind, irregularity, or devious conduct from derangement, passion or extraneous influence. We say, a man has come to himself after delirious or extravagant behavior. Let the man alone; let him act himself

By himself alone; unaccompanied; sequestered.

He sits or studies by himself

Ahab went one way by himself and Obadiah went another way by himself 1 Kings 18:2.