egoism

noun ego·ism \ ˈē-gə-ˌwi-zəm , -gō-ˌi- also ˈe- \

Definition of egoism

1 a : 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 2

Examples of egoism in a Sentence

  1. because of her egoism, she never gave a thought to asking how the others felt

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First Known Use of egoism

1800


Medical Dictionary

egoism

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

medical Definition of egoism

1 a : 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

egoist

play \-wəst\ noun

egoistic

\ˌē-gə-ˈwis-tik also ˌeg-ə-\ also egoistical play \-ti-kəl\ adjective

egoistically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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