[ee-goh-ist, eg-oh-]


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 formsan·ti·e·go·ist, noun
Can be confusedegoist egotist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for egoist

Historical Examples of egoist

  • Another will pose as a social benefactor, while at home he is an egoist and a tyrant.

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

  • 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.

  • “You would have been an Egoist, only Meredith made you ashamed to be one,” she answered.

British Dictionary definitions for egoist



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper