• WordNet 3.6
    • n egoism concern for your own interests and welfare
    • n egoism (ethics) the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare in the basis of morality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Egoism Excessive love and thought of self; the habit of regarding one's self as the center of every interest; selfishness; -- opposed to altruism.
    • Egoism (Philos) The doctrine of certain extreme adherents or disciples of Descartes and Johann Gottlieb Fichte, which finds all the elements of knowledge in the ego and the relations which it implies or provides for.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n egoism The habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest; pure selfishness or exclusive reference to self as an element of character.
    • n egoism In ethics, the doing or seeking of that which affords pleasure or advantage to one's self, in distinction to that which affords pleasure or advantage to others: opposed to altruism. In this sense the term does not necessarily imply anything reprehensible, and is not synonymous with egotism.
    • n egoism In metaphysics, the opinion that no matter exists and only one mind, that of the individual holding the opinion. The term is also applied (by critics) to forms of subjective idealism supposed logically to result in such an opinion. See solipsism. Synonyms Pride, Egotism, etc. See egotism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Egoism (phil.) the doctrine that we have proof of nothing but our own existence:
    • ns Egoism (ethics) , the theory of self-interest as the principle of morality: selfishness
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  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.”
  • George Eliot
    “The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.”
  • Mary Webb
    Mary Webb
    “The divine egoism hat is genius.”
  • George Eliot
    “There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.”
  • George Meredith
    “The season of love is the carnival of egoism and it brings a touchstone to our natures.”
  • Russel Green
    Russel Green
    “A wife encourages her husband's egoism in order to encourage her own.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. égoïsme, fr. L. -ego, I. See I, and cf. Egotism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ego, I.


In literature:

With the failure of his pilgrimage he had lost all hope, all 'egoism.'...
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
In the plant-community egoism reigns supreme.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Egoism and altruism are not to be mutually exclusive.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
In the seventeenth century men still had the courage of their egoism.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
As he watched them, Jon was still curious, but he was getting mad underneath at the cold egoism of the Steel-Blues.
"Acid Bath" by Vaseleos Garson
What may at first sight appear as aesthetic or mystic egoism is perhaps the better way.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
Craft and cunning replaced mere curiosity and puppyish egoism.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
In the lower animals with no separate sexes egoism reigns absolutely.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
No one can have failed to note the immense egoism of the modern woman.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
This egoism in the doctrine of personal survival has been repeatedly flung at it by satirists, and commented on by philosophers.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton

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