from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The unnecessarily frequent use of the pronoun he by a writer, especially in reference to himself in the third person; also, an instance of this use.

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  • noun The practice of referring to oneself in the third person.


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From Latin ille ("that man; he") + -ism (modelled on egoism).


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  • It is effectively the Baseball Hall of Fame's pause before the steroid storm really hits, so let's all sit back and chuckle at Rickey Henderson's illeism and malapropisms and magnificent sense of self.

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  • One is pleased that illeism has been added to one's list.

    April 6, 2008

  • Here in the US, our two most famous illeists are probably Bob Dole and Elmo. I think that they're a perfect match, and I'd love to see them do a comedy film together. You could call it "Elmo loves you, Bob Dole!"

    Or "Bob Dole loves you, Elmo!"

    April 6, 2008

  • reference to oneself by use of the third person.

    February 12, 2009

  • See also jmjarmstrong.

    February 12, 2009