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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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  • 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
n.

1785, in metaphysics, "one who maintains there is no evidence of the existence of anything but the self" (taking ego in a sense of "thinking subject"), from French égoiste (1755); see ego + -ist. Meaning "selfish person" is from 1879. Related: Egoistic; egoistical.

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