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egoist

[ee-goh-ist, eg-oh-] /ˈi goʊ ɪst, ˈɛg oʊ-/
noun
1.
a self-centered or selfish person (opposed to altruist).
2.
an arrogantly conceited person; egotist.
3.
an adherent of the metaphysical principle of the ego, or self; solipsist.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; < French égoïste. See ego, -ist
Related forms
antiegoist, noun
Can be confused
egoist, egotist.
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Examples for egoist
  • Moreover, not egoist because children not have wickedness, it is said in accordance with that saying.
  • His public image as an adventurer and scientist was often at odds with his private persona as an egoist and risk-taker.
  • But nature always destructive and egoist smashing itself.
British Dictionary definitions for egoist

egoist

/ˈiːɡəʊɪst; ˈɛɡ-/
noun
1.
a person who is preoccupied with his own interests; a selfish person
2.
a conceited person; egotist
3.
(ethics) a person who lives by the values of egoism
Derived Forms
egoistic, egoistical, adjective
egoistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for egoist
egoist
egoism and egoist were borrowed 1785 from Fr. egoisme, egoiste, coined 1755 as philosophical terms for "thinking subject." Egotism, egotist expressing "selfishness," are native coinages from 1714, first used by Joseph Addison; the -t- is perhaps by influence of nepotism, where it belongs. Addison credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person sing. pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is 1800. Related: Egoistic; egoistical.
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