[ ee-goh-iz-uh m, eg-oh- ]
/ ˈi goʊˌɪz əm, ˈɛg oʊ- /


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.

Origin of egoism

From the French word égoïsme, dating back to 1775–85. See ego, -ism

Related forms

an·ti·e·go·ism, noun

Can be confused

egoism egotism (see synonym study at egotism) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for egoism


/ (ˈiːɡəʊˌɪzəm, ˈɛɡ-) /


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
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