Definition of nosce te ipsum in English:

nosce te ipsum

(also nosce teipsum)


  • ‘Know yourself’; the proverb ‘nosce te ipsum’ expressing this.


Early 16th century. From classical Latin nōsce tē ipsum know yourself (from nōsce, 2nd singular imperative of nōscere to know + tē, 2nd person pronoun accusative singular + ipsum, reflexive pronoun accusative singular), after ancient Greek γνῶθι σεαυτόν, a phrase inscribed at the shrine of Apollo at Delphi.


nosce te ipsum

/ˌnɒsiː tiː ˈɪpsʌm/ /ˌnɒskeɪ teɪ ˈɪpsʊm/