reflexive pronoun
Definition - A pronoun that is used as the direct object of a reflexive verb.

1. Reflexive pronouns always terminate with self or selves (e.g. himself and ourselves).
2. They are also called reciprocal pronouns.

Example -
The herself in She killed herself.


1. They must always refer back to a previously mentioned word.

My buddy asked myself to the party. (bad)
My buddy invited himself to the party (good)

Etymology -
The word reflex derives from the Late Latin reflexus, a bending back.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1867:
"A shortened form of the reflexive pronoun."
(J. Hadley Ess. xi. 205)

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