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e·go·ism

 (ē′gō-ĭz′əm)
n.
1.
a. The doctrine that human behavior is motivated by self-interest.
b. The belief that self-interest provides the proper basis for moral behavior.
2. Egotism; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.

egoism

(ˈiːɡəʊˌɪzəm; ˈɛɡ-)
n
1. concern for one's own interests and welfare
2. (Philosophy) ethics the theory that the pursuit of one's own welfare is the highest good. Compare altruism
3. self-centredness; egotism

e•go•ism

(ˈi goʊˌɪz əm, ˈɛg oʊ-)

n.
1. the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest (opposed to altruism).
2. egotism or conceit.
3. the view in ethics that morality ultimately rests on self-interest.
[1775–85; < French égoïsme]
e`go•is′tic, e′go•is′ti•cal, adj.
e`go•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.
syn: See egotism.

egoism

an extreme individualism; thought and behavior based upon the premise that one’s individual self is the highest product, if not the totality, of existence. Cf. individualism. — egoist, n. — egoistic, adj.
See also: Self
an extreme individualism; thought and behavior based upon the premise that one’s individual self is the highest product, if not the totality, of existence. Cf. individualism.egoist, n.egoistic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.egoism - (ethics) the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare in the basis of morality
theory - a belief that can guide behavior; "the architect has a theory that more is less"; "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules
2.egoism - concern for your own interests and welfare
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
altruism, selflessness - the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

egoism

noun
2. An exaggerated belief in one's own importance:
3. A regarding of oneself with undue favor:
Slang: ego trip.
Translations
أنانِيَّه
egoismeselvoptagethed
egoizam
egoizmus
sjálfselska, eigingirni
利己主義
egoism
bencillikegoizm

egoism

[ˈegəʊɪzəm] Negoísmo m

egoism

[ˈiːgəʊɪzəm ˈɛgəʊɪzəm] négoïsme m

egoism

nEgoismus m, → Selbstsucht f

egoism

[ˈɛgəʊɪzm] negoismo

ego

(ˈiːgəu) , (ˈegou) noun
1. personal pride. His criticism wounded my ego.
2. the part of a person that is conscious and thinks; the self.
egocentric (egəˈsentrik) , ((American) i:gou-) adjective
interested in oneself only.
ˈegoism (ˈe-) , ((American) i:-) noun
selfishness.
ˈegoist (ˈe-) , ((American) ˈi:-) noun
ˌegoˈistic, egoˈistical adjective

egoism

n. egoísmo.

egoism

n egoísmo
References in classic literature ?
"But I always understood that those supermen were rather what you may call egoists."
Desiring to classify her, Mary bethought her of the convenient term "egoist."
"She's an egoist," she said to herself, and stored that word up to give to Ralph one day when, as it would certainly fall out, they were discussing Miss Hilbery.
Well, anyway, I know that I am a blackguard, a scoundrel, an egoist, a sluggard.
'The Egoist' (1879) and 'Diana of the Crossways' (1885) are among his other strongest books.
A thorough egoist, a spendthrift and a miser in one,--that is to say, spending his money solely on himself,--sharp, aggressive, and indiscreet, he did mischief for mischief's sake; above all, he attacked the weak, respected nothing and believed in nothing, neither in France, nor in God, nor in art, nor in the Greeks, nor in the Turks, nor in the monarchy,-- insulting and disparaging everything that he could not comprehend.
The sight of Colleville, a man of real feeling, bound almost indissolubly to Thuillier, the model of an egoist, presented a difficult problem to the mind of an observer.
That's it!" snapped the egoist. "That's a parable of the general situation in England.
So true, so sweet, so noble, so little an egoist, and that, let me tell you, is much in this age, so sceptical and selfish.
"Perhaps the rules of morality cannot be absolute," Benassis answered; "though this is a dangerous idea, for it leaves the egoist free to settle cases of conscience in his own favor.
8DA YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Compete 9 Order 10 Agree 11 Ratings 12 Oil 13 Athletes 16 Gardener 17 Egg 19 Emporia 21 Heidi 22 Smile 23 Everest DOWN: 1 Octagon 2 Umbrella 3 Peke 4 Footwear 5 Eden 6 Gross 8 Earthenware 13 Alderney 14 Eyeliner 15 Egoists 18 Beast 20 Prim 21 Heel QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Selfishness 8 Tom 9 Pet 11 Origami 12 Blame 13 Net 14 Tip 15 Uttered 17 Coo 19 Yard 21 Neck 23 Open 25 Pier 27 Tee 29 Auditor 31 Apt 34 Age 36 Class 37 Bouncer 38 Eel 39 Hay 40 All together DOWN: 1 Sore 2 Emit 3 Frantic 4 Shiver 5 Noble 6 Spat 7 Semi 8 Tonic 10 Tepid 16 Dye 18 One 20 Ant 22 Era 24 Product 25 Place 26 Air bag 28 Every 30 Upset 32 Plea 33 Tall 34 Ache 35 Gear
While egoists like Rand may qualify as humanists in Europe, humanist values in the United States exclude them.