[ sol-ip-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈsɒl ɪpˌsɪz əm /
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Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
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OTHER WORDS FROM solipsismsol·ip·sis·mal, adjectivesol·ip·sist, noun, adjectivesol·ip·sis·tic [sol-ip-sis-tik], /ˌsɒl ɪpˈsɪs tɪk/, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH solipsismsolecism, solipsism
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How to use solipsism in a sentence
To use a philosophical term, the paranoiac is the Simon-pure "solipsist."The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin
British Dictionary definitions for solipsism
/ (ˈsɒlɪpˌsɪzəm) /
philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
Derived forms of solipsismsolipsist, noun, adjectivesolipsistic, adjective
Word Origin for solipsism
C19: from Latin sōlus alone + ipse self
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Cultural definitions for solipsism
[ (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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