[ ee-goh-ist, eg-oh- ]
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  1. a self-centered or selfish person (opposed to altruist).

  2. an arrogantly conceited person; egotist.

  1. an adherent of the metaphysical principle of the ego, or self; solipsist.

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Origin of egoist

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

Other words from egoist

  • an·ti·e·go·ist, noun

Words that may be confused with egoist

Words Nearby egoist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use egoist in a sentence

  • You might think that your renter is an egoist, because he or she is presumably only concerned with his or her own welfare.

  • Was she merely an egoist—it ran in the family—or did it conceal much that she had no intention of revealing?

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Ada's a good child, as good as a born egoist can be, but—well—we are not all made on the same plan.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • You are an egoist to create all this excitement; don't you know that the maids are out in the hall crying?

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
  • It is an awful thing when a poseur ceases to pose, when an egoist becomes a human being.

    The Romance of His Life | Mary Cholmondeley
  • My sufferings, my repugnance, my feelings, all my egoism—for I know that I am an egoist—ought to be sacrificed to the family.

    Honorine | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for egoist


/ (ˈiːɡəʊɪst, ˈɛɡ-) /

  1. a person who is preoccupied with his own interests; a selfish person

  2. a conceited person; egotist

  1. ethics a person who lives by the values of egoism

Derived forms of egoist

  • egoistic or egoistical, adjective
  • egoistically, adverb

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