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solipsism

[sol-ip-siz-uh m]
noun
  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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Examples from the Web for solipsist

Historical Examples

  • To use a philosophical term, the paranoiac is the Simon-pure "solipsist."

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British Dictionary definitions for solipsist

solipsism

noun
  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

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

solipsism

n.

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

solipsist in Culture

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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