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egoism

[ee-goh-iz-uh m, eg-oh-]
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noun
  1. the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest; selfishness (opposed to altruism).
  2. egotism or conceit.
  3. Ethics. the view that morality ultimately rests on self-interest.
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Origin of egoism

From the French word égoïsme, dating back to 1775–85. See ego, -ism
Related formsan·ti·e·go·ism, noun
Can be confusedegoism egotism (see synonym study at egotism)

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1. See egotism.
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Examples from the Web for egoism

Historical Examples

  • In the seventeenth century men still had the courage of their egoism.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    John Dos Passos

  • Lionel must not be sacrificed to his egoism for a deed that in Lionel he could not account other than justified.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • A residue of egoism remains in every affection—even paternal.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • Egoism is the arch-enemy of love, selfishness is the manifestation of egoism.

  • His personality was many-sided enough to make his egoism representative.

    Views and Reviews

    William Ernest Henley


British Dictionary definitions for egoism

egoism

noun
  1. concern for one's own interests and welfare
  2. ethics the theory that the pursuit of one's own welfare is the highest goodCompare altruism
  3. self-centredness; egotism
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Word Origin and History for egoism

n.

1785, in metaphysics (see egoist), from French égoisme (1755), from Modern Latin egoismus, from Latin ego (see ego). Meaning "self-interest" is from 1800.

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