e·go·ism [ee-goh-iz-uhm, eg-oh-]
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.
Can be confused: egotism (see synonym study at egotism).
self-possession, self-regard, selfishness, egomania, presumption, self-love, self-confidence, boasting, overconfidence, arrogance, vainglory, pride, gasconade, assurance, narcissism, haughtiness, ostentation, self-absorption, egotism, vanity
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1. See egotism.
Origin: 1775–85; < French égoïsme. See ego, -ism
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EGOISM
But "egotism, in the sense of 'self-worship,' is preferable to egoism, since egoism also designates a system of philosophy."
PRACTICAL EXERCISES IN ENGLISH|HUBER GRAY BUEHLER
Nor is it any instinctive licence or egoism; as I have said before, he is a man of peculiarly acute public conscience.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW|GILBERT K. CHESTERTON
This thing you call soul is but the dream of human vanity and egoism.
THE BRIGHT MESSENGER|ALGERNON BLACKWOOD
And then, happily, there came a momentary lapse in the entirety of his egoism.
THE HISTORY OF SIR RICHARD CALMADY|LUCAS MALET
Not until later does the love impulse become independent of egoism.
A GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOANALYSIS|SIGMUND FREUD