egoism

noun
ego·​ism | \ ˈē-gə-ˌwi-zəm How to pronounce egoism (audio) , -gō-ˌi- also ˈe- \

Definition of egoism

1a : a doctrine that individual self-interest is the actual motive of all conscious action
b : a doctrine that individual self-interest is the valid end of all actions
2 : excessive concern for oneself with or without exaggerated feelings of self-importance — compare egotism sense 2

Examples of egoism in a Sentence

because of her egoism, she never gave a thought to asking how the others felt
Recent Examples on the Web Pauli conveys the brilliant inventor’s egoism and emotional stuntedness, qualities that at one point provoke a climactic showdown with Ada. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The novel was written during the heyday of rational egoism, when certain utopian thinkers believed that human behavior could be reduced to a series of logical rules so as to maximize well-being and create the ideal society. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Rosick admirably fuses Jamie’s egoism, charm and ambition. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2021 Rejecting this calculating egoism, but unable to accept traditional accounts of innate ethical knowledge, Shaftesbury attributed human kindness and sociability to sentiment. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Affinities of blood, however, can encourage a sort of collective egoism. Samuel Goldman, National Review, 9 Jan. 2020 His egoism, laziness, arrogance, and above all his habitual dishonesty are crippling. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 27 Sep. 2019 There must be some egoism in wanting to help because . . Eliana Rudee, Jewish Journal, 14 Mar. 2018 Between his unstoppable egoism and his consistent unpopularity, Trump may end up costing his party control of Congress. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, 22 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of egoism

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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egoism

noun
ego·​ism | \ ˈē-gə-ˌwiz-əm also ˈeg-ə- \

Medical Definition of egoism

1a : a doctrine that individual self-interest is the actual motive of all conscious action
b : a doctrine that individual self-interest is the valid end of all actions
2 : excessive concern for oneself without exaggerated feelings of self-importance — compare egotism

Other Words from egoism

egoist \ -​wəst How to pronounce egoism (audio) \ noun
egoistic \ ˌē-​gə-​ˈwis-​tik also ˌeg-​ə-​ \ also egoistical \ -​ti-​kəl How to pronounce egoism (audio) \ adjective
egoistically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce egoism (audio) \ adverb

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