By himself
Himself Him*self", pron. 1. An emphasized form of the third person masculine pronoun; -- used as a subject usually with he; as, he himself will bear the blame; used alone in the predicate, either in the nominative or objective case; as, it is himself who saved himself. [1913 Webster]

But he himself returned from the quarries. --Judges iii. 19. [1913 Webster]

David hid himself in the field. --1 Sam. xx. 24. [1913 Webster]

The Lord himself shall give you a sign. --Is. vii. 14. [1913 Webster]

Who gave himself for us, that he might . . . purify unto himself a peculiar people. --Titus ii. 14. [1913 Webster]

With shame remembers, while himself was one Of the same herd, himself the same had done. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

Note: Himself was formerly used instead of itself. See Note under {Him}. [1913 Webster]

It comprehendeth in himself all good. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. One's true or real character; one's natural temper and disposition; the state of being in one's right or sane mind (after unconsciousness, passion, delirium, or abasement); as, the man has come to himself. [1913 Webster]

{By himself}, alone; unaccompanied; apart; sequestered; as, he sits or studies by himself.

{To leave one to himself}, to withdraw from him; to let him take his own course.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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