self-


self-
self-
is a highly productive prefix forming compounds of various types, in most of which self- acts as the object on which the action or attribute signified by the second element operates, e.g. self-betrayal (= betrayal of oneself), self-awareness (= awareness of oneself), self-addressed (= addressed to oneself), etc. In other uses self is an agent, e.g. self-educated (= educated by oneself), self-evident (evident in itself), and self-service (= service by oneself). Occasionally the second element is sufficient by itself and self- is arguably redundant, as in self-assured, self-conceited, and self-confident, but the prefix serves a reinforcing role and most of this type are idiomatic.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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