egoism

[ee-goh-iz-uhm, eg-oh-]
noun
1.
the habit of valuing everything only in reference to one's personal interest; selfishness (opposed to altruism ).
2.
egotism or conceit.
3.
Ethics. the view that morality ultimately rests on self-interest.

Origin:
1775–85; < French égoïsme. See ego, -ism

antiegoism, noun

egoism, egotism (see synonym study at egotism).


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

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She could easily trump any contemporary celebrity with exoticism and egoism.
He sees her the way he sees everyone else: as a target for his charm, an audience to be seduced, a mirror for his egoism.
And with success came a vast increase in the national egoism.
Covenant morality is universal as opposed to egoism.
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