AskDefine | Define egoism

Dictionary Definition

egoism n : attempting to get personal recognition for yourself (especially by unacceptable means) [syn: egocentrism, self-interest, self-concern, self-centeredness] [ant: altruism]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The tendency to think of self and self-interest.
  2. In the context of "ethics": The belief that moral behavior should be directed toward one's self-interest.
  3. Egotism.

Related terms


tendency to think of self
  • Croatian: egoizam
  • French: égoïsme
  • German: Egoismus
  • Portuguese: egoísmo

See also

Extensive Definition

Egoism may refer to any of the following:
  • psychological egoism, the doctrine that holds that individuals are always motivated by self-interest
  • ethical egoism, the doctrine that holds that individuals ought to do what is in their self-interest
  • rational egoism, the belief that it is rational to act in one's self-interest
  • solipsism, (sometimes called egoism), the belief that only one's self exists, or that only the experiences of one's self can be verified
  • egotism, an excessive or exaggerated sense of self-importance: common spelling mistake, and misapprehension that it is egotism.


See also

egoism in Arabic: أنوية
egoism in Spanish: Egoísmo
egoism in Icelandic: Sérhyggja
egoism in Dutch: Egoïsme
egoism in Slovak: Egoizmus
egoism in Serbian: Егоизам
egoism in Finnish: Egoismi
egoism in Swedish: Egoism
egoism in Hebrew: אגואיזם
egoism in Turkish: Egoizm
egoism in Persian: Egoisme
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