egoism

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

Definition of egoism

  1. 1a :  a doctrine that individual self-interest is the actual motive of all conscious actionb :  a doctrine that individual self-interest is the valid end of all actions

  2. 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

1800

First Known Use of egoism

1800


Medical Dictionary

egoism

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

Medical Definition of egoism

  1. 1a:  a doctrine that individual self-interest is the actual motive of all conscious actionb:  a doctrine that individual self-interest is the valid end of all actions

  2. 2:  excessive concern for oneself without exaggerated feelings of self-importance—compare egotism

egoist

\-wəst\play noun

egoistic

\ˌē-gə-ˈwis-tik also ˌeg-ə-\play also

egoistical

\-ti-kəl\play adjective

egoistically

\-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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