EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . 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. Origin of solipsism 1880–85; sol(i)- 1
) self +
-ism Related forms sol·ip·sis·mal, adjective sol·ip·sist, noun, adjective sol·ip·sis·tic , [sol-ip- sis-tik] /ˌsɒl ɪpˈsɪs tɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for solipsist Historical Examples of solipsist British Dictionary definitions for solipsist noun philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence Derived Forms solipsist, noun, adjective solipsistic, adjective Word Origin for solipsism
C19: from Latin
sōlus alone + ipse self
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Word Origin and History for solipsist 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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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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