Self vs Descendant - What's the difference?

self | descendant |


As a proper noun self

is .

As an adjective descendant is

descending from a biological ancestor.

As a noun descendant is

(literally) one who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.

self

English

(wikipedia self)

Pronoun

(English Pronouns)
  • (obsolete) Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).
  • This argument was put forward by the defendant self .
  • Myself.
  • I made out a cheque, payable to self , which cheered me up somewhat.

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • The subject of one's own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts.
  • *
  • *:Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self . It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  • An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness (plural selves).
  • * (1788-1856)
  • *:The self , the I, is recognized in every act of intelligence as the subject to which that act belongs. It is I that perceive, I that imagine, I that remember, I that attend, I that compare, I that feel, I that will, I that am conscious.
  • *, chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The preposterous altruism too!
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • (lb) A seedling produced by self-pollination (plural selfs).
  • Derived terms

    * selfie

    See also

    * self- * person * I * ego

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.
  • (botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.
  • Antonyms

    * outcross

    Adjective

  • (obsolete) same
  • * 1605 , William Shakespeare, King Lear , I.i:
  • I am made of that self mettle as my sister.
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • on these self hills
  • * Dryden
  • At that self moment enters Palamon.

    descendant

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • descending from a biological ancestor.
  • proceeding from a figurative ancestor or source.
  • Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Alternative forms

    * descendent

    Antonyms

    * ascendant, ascendent, ascending

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (literally) One who is the progeny of a specified person, at any distance of time or through any number of generations.
  • ''The patriarch survived many descendants : five children, a dozen grandchildren, even a great grandchild.
  • (figuratively) A thing that derives directly from a given precursor or source.
  • ''This famous medieval manuscript has many descendants .
  • (biology) A later evolutionary type.
  • ''Dogs evolved as descendants of early wolves.
  • (linguistics) A language that is descended from another.
  • English and Scots are the descendants of Old English.
  • (linguistics) A word or form in one language that is descended from a counterpart in an ancestor language.
  • * 1993 , Jens Elmegård Rasmussen, “The Slavic i''-verbs with an excursus on the Indo-European ''?''-verbs”, in Bela Brogyanyi and Reiner Lipp (editors), ''Comparative-Historical Linguistics , John Benjamins Publishing, ISBN 978-90-272-3598-5, page 479:
  • The direct descendant of this form is the Slavic aorist: Sb.-Cr. n?s?'', ''d?nos? .

    Usage notes

    The adjective may be spelled either with ant'' or ''ent'' as the final syllable (see descendent). The noun may be spelled only with ''ant .

    Synonyms

    * * *

    Antonyms

    * ascendant * ancestor * forebear

    Derived terms

    * direct descendant * indirect descendant

    See also

    * offspring * offshoot * progeny ----