Dictionary.com

egoism

[ ee-goh-iz-uhm, eg-oh- ]
/ ˈi goʊˌɪz əm, ˈɛg oʊ- /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: egoism / egoisms on Thesaurus.com

noun

the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest; selfishness (opposed to altruism).
egotism or conceit.
Ethics. the view that morality ultimately rests on self-interest.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of egoism

First recorded in 1775–85; from French égoïsme, from New Latin egoismus, equivalent to ego ego + -ismus -ism
1. See egotism.
an·ti·e·go·ism, noun
egoism , egotism (see synonym study at egotism)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for egoism

egoism
/ (ˈiːɡəʊˌɪzəm, ˈɛɡ-) /

noun

concern for one's own interests and welfare
ethics the theory that the pursuit of one's own welfare is the highest goodCompare altruism
self-centredness; egotism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Learning At Home Just Got Easier!