Self vs Pelf - What's the difference?

self | pelf |

As a proper noun self

is .

As a noun pelf is

money; riches; gain; especially when dishonestly acquired (compare lucre).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia self)


(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.


  • 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.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The preposterous altruism too!
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  • , 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


    (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


  • (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.




  • money; riches; gain; especially when dishonestly acquired (compare lucre)
  • * 1906 , Frederick Tatham, Life of Blake'' in Archibald George Blomefield Russell (ed.), ''The Letters of William Blake :
  • But, sighing after his fancies and visionary pursuits, he rebelled and fled fifty miles away for refuge from the lace caps and powdered wigs of his priggish sitters, and resumed his quaint dreams and immeasurable phantasies, never more to forsake them for pelf and portraiture.
  • * February 20, 2000 , Nick Cohen, Without prejudice , The Observer:
  • . . . a master manipulator who will twist and dodge around the clock to keep the privileges of power and pelf .
  • * July 20, 1997 , Harriet P. Gross, Author roots her stories in Vietnam War , Dallas Morning News:
  • She writes about those she might have known first-hand: teenage girls cowering in bunkers . . . friends making promises they can never keep . . . rich folk fattened on wartime pelf , poor folk surviving by wit alone.
  • * April 27, 1987 , Ford S. Worthy, You're Probably Working Too Hard , Fortune:
  • In advertising, show business, and journalism, people work themselves to the nub for glitz and glory more than for pelf .
  • * October 1968 , Nicholas von Hoffman, The Class of '43 Is Puzzled , The Atlantic:
  • Some of the rich classmates were keeping their pelf to themselves.