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[sol-ip-siz-uh m]
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  1. Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
  2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
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Origin of solipsism

1880–85; sol(i)-1 + Latin ips(e) self + -ism
Related formssol·ip·sis·mal, adjectivesol·ip·sist, noun, adjectivesol·ip·sis·tic [sol-ip-sis-tik] /ˌsɒl ɪpˈsɪs tɪk/, adjective
Can be confusedsolecism solipsism
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Related Words for solipsism

egoism, subjectivity, narcissism, self-absorption, egocentricity, self-reliance, ipseity, singularity, uniqueness, autonomy

Examples from the Web for solipsism

Contemporary Examples of solipsism

Historical Examples of solipsism

  • The philosophic system becomes a solipsism, a pure lyric expression of the appetites of human nature.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • This theory is also called Subjective Idealism or Solipsism.

  • I realize now that I may have been falling into the trap of solipsism, “who watches the quad,” et cetera, type of thing.

    On Handling the Data

    M. I. Mayfield

  • Thus idealists are wedded to solipsism irrevocably; and it is a happy marriage, only the name of the lady has to be changed.

    Winds Of Doctrine

    George Santayana

British Dictionary definitions for solipsism


  1. philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
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Derived Formssolipsist, noun, adjectivesolipsistic, adjective

Word Origin for solipsism

C19: from Latin sōlus alone + ipse self
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Word Origin and History for solipsism


1871, coined from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + ipse "self." The view or theory that self is the only object of real knowledge or the only thing that is real. "The identification of one's self with the Absolute is not generally intended, but the denial of there being really anybody else" [Century Dictionary].

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

solipsism in Culture


[(sol-uhp-siz-uhm, soh-luhp-siz-uhm)]

The belief that all reality is just one's own imagining of reality, and that one's self is the only thing that exists.

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