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Blowing up a week of forward progress bought dearly by Georgia campaign volunteers, congressional aides and donors large and small is the height of solipsism.
Solecism slipped into solipsism into full-blown narcissistic projection.
Ms. Swicord — and Mr. Cranston, too — seem trapped in Wakefield’s 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.
There was a terrifying solipsism to Trump's address, as there likely will be to his presidency.
These are pages intended to catch the shape of a writer’s thoughts—the tome remains more of a notebook than a series of persuasive essays, with all the indeterminacy and occasional solipsism that form entails.
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.
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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.
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