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ego -- as in: bruised her ego
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as in: bruised her ego Define
one's sense of self-esteem or importance or ability
  • She has such an inflated ego, she probably thinks we planned the whole thing for her.
  • Luma understood she was dealing with a group of boys with fragile egos and with little self-esteem to spare.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • We have delicate egos.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • They are not to assert their little egos, but to express the soul of their country and the rhythm of their time.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • Check egos at the door: When you discuss ideas, label them and write them down.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • She destroyed egos by the score and made men hate themselves in the morning for the way she found them, used them and tossed them aside.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That oil money just washed right off, and people were making fortunes in anything that smacked of luxury, anything to feed the egos of the oil guys, who were spending and borrowing money at a rate never seen before or since.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The whites, you see, are tempted by their egos and have no means to resist.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • We honed our egos on her, padded our characters with her frailty, and yawned in the fantasy of our strength.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Well, honestly! I knew writers were supposed to have big egos, but I guess I didn’t understand that meant ingratitude, too!
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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  • So the carnival feels ulcerated egos miles off and lopes to toast its hands at that ache.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • They retain their egotism, and add to it many other egos.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The lords of the moon, Theosophos told me, an orangefiery shipload from planet Alpha of the lunar chain would not assume the etheric doubles and these were therefore incarnated by the rubycoloured egos from the second constellation.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • All those egos running around feeling terribly charitable and warm.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • You listen as the clients blather on, egos unchecked.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • No matter how cold these fellows are, their egos are immense.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • They had sympathized because it appealed to their egos, not because it was important for the race.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Thus the tales are both pitiless and terrorless—suffused with the joy of a transcendent anonymity regarding itself in all of the self-centered, battling egos that are born and die in time.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Poor boys and their pitiful egos.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Then there were unfaithful husbands and wives and lovers of various persuasions in various scandals; he offered final solutions for bruised egos.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • If the biochemists were able to demonstrate the physical workings of neuroses (phobias, or difficulties getting pleasure from life), if they could pinpoint the chemicals and impulses and interbrain conversations and information exchanges that constitute these feelings, would the psychoanalysts pack up their ids and egos and retire from the field?
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • His love for Nicole and Rosemary, his friendship with Abe North, with Tommy Barban in the broken universe of the war’s ending—in such contacts the personalities had seemed to press up so close to him that he became the personality itself—there seemed some necessity of taking all or nothing; it was as if for the remainder of his life he was condemned to carry with him the egos of certain people, early met and early loved, and to be only as complete as they were complete themselves.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • And the mixture of players involved in the discussions seemed combustible, like the nations of Europe before World War I—a stew of World Bank consultants with substantial résumés, some with egos to match, combined with Russian colonels and generals and former apparatchiks and old tb warriors, members of a defeated empire, on the lookout for condescension.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • It makes for gusty egos, it makes for appetites.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They carried with them their complete egos, and born of matter they do ever lust after the flesh.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Our own egos.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Which means the switchboard gets jammed with fans calling in, and we have to find dressing room space for seven enormous egos.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • They all assumed we thought we were better than they were, that we had out-sized egos and shot off our mouths without being able to back it up.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • C egos, Señora.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Joan chattered on about Egos and Ids, and I turned my mind to something else, to the brown, unwrapped package in my bottom drawer.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Egos lose their sharp edges.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • We Japanese, on the other hand, know our egos are nothing.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Psychotics, rocked in the poison cradles of their own egos, want to do everyone handy a favor and take them along.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • We bend our egos, all of the time, and that is where we differ.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • They had preserved their individually, their independent egos; they possessed self-awareness and the pronoun "I" had a meaning in their language.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Always, always, always referring every goddam thing that happens right back to our lousy little egos.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • It all becomes a narcotic, and the sirens’ songs are really appeals to our egos.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I never talked about Egos and Ids with Doctor Nolan.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • But don’t go screaming about egos in general.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • In my opinion, if you really want to know, half the nastiness in the world is stirred up by people who aren’t using their true egos.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • It was ready to go — to save the lives of children, children called to die by the ageing egos of manipulators.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • In the shadows of the mind he had left he did not want to take the lives of youngsters called to serve the paranoid egos of manipulators — he had seen too much of that in Saigon years ago.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • No, Jace’s is sort of the antiaircraft artillery tank of male egos," Simon admitted.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • For a brief instant, the mind-fuck disappeared into a yellow cloud, and students emerged with glassy-eyed smiles, better equipped to handle the pressure and politics, the swollen egos and even grander insecurities.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • If I ever attend a convention of generals, I hope to control the Chapstick concession to offer some small relief to the obsequious legions of ass-kissers who spend their days pandering to the egos of generals.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • They may not have the egos of the mythical Jason Bourne or the very real Carlos the Jackal, but they’re everywhere in that goddamned filthy shadow world.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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as in: bruised her ego Define
one's sense of self-esteem or importance or ability
(Freud's definition) Define
psychoanalysis: the conscious mind
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