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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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The theory that places man's chief good in the completeness of self; excessive interest in oneself.

Usage examples (35)
  • 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.
  • People tend to cheat more if their egoism is very high or very low.
  • Any society which explains itself in terms of mutual egoism is heading for certain destruction.
  • But Gaspare had effectually changed her mood, had driven away what she chose to call her egoism, had concentrated all her thoughts on Vere. for more
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  • A belief in "egoism" (the view in ethics that self-interest motivates all) does not automatically make you guilty of "egotism" (self-importance, conceit, or self-centeredness).
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