[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. egocentric,
  2. egocentric speech,
  3. egocentricity,
  4. egocentrism,
  5. egoism,
  6. egoistic,
  7. egoli,
  8. egomania,
  9. egomaniac,
  10. egophonic

Origin of egoist

From the French word égoïste, dating back to 1775–85. See ego, -ist

Related formsan·ti·e·go·ist, noun

Can be confusedegoist egotist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsegoistic or egoistical, adjectiveegoistically, 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.

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