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Recent Examples of solipsism from the Web
Commentators have dwelled on the traits of theatricality, brutality, solipsism, narcissism, cruelty, and cowardice these men seem to share.
His personal qualities — the gross, corrupt, ignorant, bullying, lazy solipsism — are sui generis.
An offhand comment about Brexit best illustrates the solipsism of Drozdiak’s identification with the EU and of his disgust with its enemies.
Even the most optimistic women give up in frustration in the face of Krystal’s overwhelming solipsism.
Advocates of this theory point to his short attention span, his incapacity for empathy, his narcissism, and solipsism as evidence.
Oddly, in his immutable solipsism, Trump inadvertently summons us to remember the holiday’s original meaning.
But the aspect of The O’Reilly Factor that always shocked me was a different kind of resentment, which took the form of the anchor’s unrepentant solipsism.
McGovern’s recollections are a reminder of the ambivalent nature of campaigning, an enterprise that is driven by a curious combination of solipsism and altruism.
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Did You Know?
Fans of René Descartes credit the French philosopher with introducing solipsism as a major problem of modern philosophy, but the word solipsism most likely sprang from a French satire written by Giulio Clemente Scotti in 1652 called La Monarchie des Solipses. The term wasn't used in English until the late 19th century, when solipsism, a composite of the Latin solus ("alone") and ipse ("self"), was applied purely in the philosophical sense. Recently the word has taken on another, more general sense, suggesting an ego-driven selfishness or self-indulgence.
Origin and Etymology of solipsism
First Known Use: 1874See Words from the same year
SOLIPSISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solipsism for English Language Learners
: a theory in philosophy that your own existence is the only thing that is real or that can be known
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