ego·​ist ˈē-gə-wist How to pronounce egoist (audio)
: a believer in egoism
: an egocentric or egotistic person
ˌē-gə-ˈwi-stik How to pronounce egoist (audio)
 also  ˌe-
or less commonly egoistical
egoistically adverb

Examples of egoist in a Sentence

their boss is a demanding egoist who insists that everything be done her way
Recent Examples on the Web McCarthy’s difficulties highlighted the power of hard-right extremists and social-media egoists among the fragile Republican majority in the House. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2023 In Season 1, Jamie was introduced as a loud-mouthed egoist with an affinity for flamboyant clothing, often acting as an antagonist for Brett Goldstein’s often angry, introverted Roy Kent. Sam Wright, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Burnham skewers himself as a virtue-signaling ally with a white-savior complex, a bully and an egoist who draws a Venn diagram and locates himself in the overlap between Weird Al and Malcolm X. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Think of a romantic egoist writing about himself in a cold barracks on Sunday afternoons . . Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of egoist was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Egoist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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