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[ee-goh-ist, eg-oh-] /ˈi goʊ ɪst, ˈɛg oʊ-/
a self-centered or selfish person (opposed to altruist).
an arrogantly conceited person; egotist.
an adherent of the metaphysical principle of the ego, or self; solipsist.
Origin of egoist
From the French word égoïste, dating back to 1775-85. See ego, -ist
Related forms
antiegoist, noun
Can be confused
egoist, egotist. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for egoist
Historical Examples
  • Another will pose as a social benefactor, while at home he is an egoist and a tyrant.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • The sentiments of the egoist are summed up in the maxim, "After me the deluge!"

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Yes, your husband is no better now than an egoist, a collector of happy days.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • To be the altruist, one must first be the egoist (say the philosophers), to give, one must first have.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • “You would have been an egoist, only Meredith made you ashamed to be one,” she answered.

  • Then you are jubilant, so there must be something personal in it—you are sufficiently an egoist for that.

  • He was too much of the egoist to attempt concealment of any kind.

  • To the egoist all other people are uniformly and intrinsically strangers.

    The Basis of Morality Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Individualist, egoist, anarchist, his only thought was of letters.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • You egoist, who could live with a person like you without growing like you?

    Frederic Chopin, Vol II (of 2) Moritz Karasowski
British Dictionary definitions for egoist


/ˈiːɡəʊɪst; ˈɛɡ-/
a person who is preoccupied with his own interests; a selfish person
a conceited person; egotist
(ethics) a person who lives by the values of egoism
Derived Forms
egoistic, egoistical, adjective
egoistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for egoist

1785, in metaphysics, "one who maintains there is no evidence of the existence of anything but the self" (taking ego in a sense of "thinking subject"), from French égoiste (1755); see ego + -ist. Meaning "selfish person" is from 1879. Related: Egoistic; egoistical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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